I am the General Manager link for the senior Devon Rangers group and yesterday we met at Lower Ash Farm near Rose Ash in the Culm Measures in North Devon for a meeting. We spent the morning indoors discussing various matters of common interest and sharing best practice. In the afternoon we were treated to a visit to Lower Ash Moor and shown around by the farmer there Cyril Cole. Cyril is a brilliant farmer who not only runs a commercial livestock farm but he also looks after 40 acres of fantastic Culm grassland. Culm grasslands are wet peaty places rich in a huge variety of wild flowers and animals. Culm grasslands have declined dramatically over the last 50 years or so having been drained and ploughed up.
Cyril has looked after his and clearly loves the place. I don’t think I have ever met a farmer before who was so knowledgable about wildlife. A real pleasure to be in the company of such a man.
Species rich hay has been cut from Lower Ash Moor and taken to Knightshayes and spread on areas there to encourage a much more species rich area of grassland.
A great visit with a great character and conservationist.