Hill Farming Training has been developed by the Foundation for Common Land to improve understanding of hill farming by conservation professionals, develop a better working relationship between professionals and hill farmers, and improve policy and scheme design. The course which has been successfully run in parts of England has since been tailored to the Welsh hill farming environment by TACP (UK) Ltd and Cumulus Consultants Ltd acting on behalf of Torfaen County Borough Council.

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in farming, whether they work in the private or public sector.  It is primarily aimed at those fulfilling roles which:

  • Interface with farmers
  • Manage farmed land or land adjacent to it
  • Responsible for environmental management
  • Construction professionals
  • Service providers (e.g. telephone, water and gas companies)

Participants get an opportunity to meet local farmers who farm the land in their local area.  This is invaluable as it promotes discussion and idea sharing amongst the individuals who will really benefit from the collaboration this brings.  Farmer-trainers offer their insights into the environmental and economic pressures of hill farming and introduce participants to the day-to-day workings of a hill farm.

The course is delivered on farms, giving the participants first-hand experience of hill farming.  All the trainers are active farmers who are passionate about their livelihoods and want to see its future secured through collaborative working.  The course is available over either one or two days with 16 modules available covering:

❶ The Hill Farm

❷ The Sheep Year On Common Land

❸ Sheep Breeds

❹ Hill Farm Types

❺ Hefting

❻ Sheep Enterprises

❼ Stratification

❽ Suckler Cows

❾ Grass and Forage

❿ Silage and Hay

⓫ Drystone Walls

⓬ Sheep Dogs

⓭ Basic Payment Scheme

⓮ Glastir

⓯ Hill Farm Economics

⓰ Pressures On the Landscape

Courses can be tailored to participants’ requirements, focusing more on a specific selection of the modules if desired.  They can be run in either English or Welsh and organisations may choose to share courses with other organisations if they wish.

The course costs £250 per participant which includes the course notes booklet, a certificate of attendance and refreshments (lunch and tea/coffee).  For all enquires contact Alvin Nicholas: