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Advice

Our experts can, if requested, give three kinds of advice:

  1. Botanical survey. We can identify the flowers and assess the condition of the grassland for wild plant species.
  2. Management options. We can advise on the possible courses of action, on the basis of the present condition of the fields and the owner's objectives.
  3. Sources of help, such as grants, buyers of hay, availability of stock for grazing.

If you would like to request advice, Click here to go to the contact page.

Machinery

The PGP first offered a machinery service in 2004. This consisted mainly of haymaking, topping and flailing. For a number of years this service ran successfully. But from about 2010 orders had fallen to such an extent that income was failing to cover expenditure. After running at a loss for a number of years we closed the service at the end of 2013. This outcome is mirrored by the experience of similar groups, which have also found it impossible to offer a sustainable agricultural machinery service. The machinery was purchased with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of other organisations, listed below.

The PGP remains committed to supporting local contractors and producers who can offer a wide range of services. These are listed on the Other services page.

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