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Exmoor Pony Grants


From 2012 to 2015 we ran a grant scheme to help the famous free-living Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park. This was delivered through the Lottery-funded Heart of Exmoor projects called Promoting Exmoor's Ponies.

These grants offered support for people who manage the Exmoor Pony herds on the exposed moors. Simple things can make a big difference to the hard work of taking care of the ponies, and the EMLP Exmoor Pony Grants helped pay for items such as fences, herding pen installations, gates and portable hurdles. Additional special bids were made on behalf of the moorland herds by the Exmoor Pony Society to equip the herd owners with a large portable handling system, and Shearwell microchip readers.

We launched the grants at the Exmoor Pony Centre and ran the scheme for 3 years. Promotion was led by Linzi Green, our Exmoor Pony Officer based at the Moorland Mousie Trust.

"This fund was exclusively available to benefit the free-living moorland herds here on Exmoor," said Jason Ball, the Scheme Manager.
"Our grant decisions were advised by an independent panel of experts who understand the moors and pony management much better than I do."

"We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund who recognised the special importance of the ponies as part of the landscape. The funding has made a real, practical impact, an important part of the project as a whole."

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Background Information

The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership launched a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme in 2011 promoting moorland as the Heart of Exmoor.

The Heart of Exmoor scheme helps people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor's moorland and supports those who take care of it. The scheme's nineteen projects have invested over 1 million pounds to benefit the landscape and community. To find out more, please visit www.heartofexmoor.org.uk or call 01398 322164.

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The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas.

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