I went down to the Cathedral in Exeter yesterday to see One Hull Full. What I hear you say? Well to quote their website ‘OneHutFull is a multi-sensory journey through the past, present and future, immersing visitors in the world of hill farming on Dartmoor‘. Sounds right up my street!
The One Hut Full project is supported by the Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association. The moors and heaths of Dartmoor have been used by farmers for at least 3,000 years. And for much of that time, Whiteface Dartmoor sheep have grazed the lands. One of the oldest breeds of sheep in Britain, the Whiteface Dartmoor has evolved to withstand the winds and rain of the moors, while providing excellent meat and high quality wool.
Newly cast wheels
The past when over 70,000 thousand whiteface Dartmoor sheep grazed the moor to the present where only 1,000 still survive and then to the future where if hill farming is to flourish ‘we need to inspire a new generation of farmers, artisans, producers and consumers. To do that, we need to celebrate the innovators of today and demonstrate what could be achieved in the future. And we have to reach new audiences‘.
Innovative new products like Twool – a versatile twine made from Whiteface Dartmoor wool
One Hut Full will be touring around the county and elsewhere this year spreading the word – we really hope the Hut will make appearances at Finch Foundry (which was once a serge i.e. woollen mill) and Castle Drogo. Other venues on the itinery include the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival and Widecombe Fair.
The One Hull Full website is a rich source of information, memories and inspiration. The future of hill farming is often discussed and this project offers a new way of looking at the issues and coming up with some solutions. Well done Paula and the team.