Glimpse a wilder future

 at Leewood


Rewilding Futures can help you take a glimpse into a wilder future. An oasis of life in a secluded Dartmoor valley which has been treasured by the same family for over half a century. A place where nature takes the lead and where we try to farm in her image using permaculture and regenerative agriculture principles. Visit, stay, learn, love, return.

Leewood Glamping, enjoy romantic rural seclusion

This is outdoor living at its best. Unique spaces in glorious secluded settings on the edge of Dartmoor. Nature bathe, campfire cooking, star gazing, wild swimming, meadow views, cosy from your super king size bed. Sorry, not suitable for kids or dogs.

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Walk n talk

For anyone interested in more nature friendly farming practice, improving soil health, completely chemical free food n fibre - a Regenerative form of Agriculture. Imaginative Farm diversification including Glamping.

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Leewood Studios. Film & Photography Location

A secluded valley location with an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor spaces where nature takes priority. Woodland, river running water, ancient pasture. Some props and animals available for hire.

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Nick Viney - Regenerative Agriculture

I am interested in assisting farmers/ land managers who feel that they would like to take a look at more regenerative systems. To have a no obligation, informal chat about what regenerative farming could mean to them. Folk who want to grow their 'Natural Capital' , graze for biodiversity, increase their livestock carrying capacity whilst reducing input costs. Rewild areas maybe and increase productivity in others. Create a true mosaic of habitats. Practical, one to one support to help land managers transition optimistically into the next age of farming & land management. I'd like to blur the lines between conventional farming practice and rewilding. I believe that biodiversity can return using high densities of grazing livestock if managed correctly and for the carrying capacity of your farm to increase 2 fold in your first growing season.

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Big Slow Portraits

Ryan Eldon Rodgers with large format cameras

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Contact


  • Leewood, Huckworthy Bridge, Sampford Spiney, Yelverton PL20 6LP, UK
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About NV


NV Background - The three constants in my life : Art in Agriculture, Animals & Leewood.

Art in Ag:30 years of wrangling, using my creativity to chip away at farming, food production and environmental practices that made me uncomfortable ; paintings, portraits & fun sculpture along the way.

Animals: 18 years in one of the last great mixed veterinary practices where no two hours were the same, from assisting on a cow Caesarian one minute, anaesthetising a cat or doing worm counts in the lab another.
Later and now as a Range Clearer on the high moor with my trusty horse & dog team.

Leewood: Where I grew up & my opportunity to manage my own land and raise my kids.  A dive into Permaculture, Holistic Management,  Forest gardening , AMPGrazing with its unrivalled power of habitat  recovery and the most fulfilling experience which continues to build soil, grow food, receive more guests and share knowledge year on year.

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Grazing


Grazing
A brief description of the grazing approaches found during the questionnaire 

Set Stock Grazing  
This is the style of grazing that we most commonly see in this part of Devon. On the face of it, this is a low maintenance system of animal husbandry but the cost to the environment is huge. Animals are contained in a field or open area and remain there until most/all of the forage has been consumed. This could be the entire growing season, with animals coming back time and time again to graze the same plants. This approach also leads to impaction of the soil. Rainfall infiltration becomes less efficient increasing the risk of flood. Unless at extremely low livestock density and therefore uneconomic, this system guaranties biodiversity loss in the sward. There is no consideration for recovery time of the plants, so after repeated grazings, the more palatable, nutrient dense, medicinal plants such as our native wild flowers are eradicated. This can be seen across throughout the countryside of the UK.
Consequently this lack of a balanced diet leads to animal health issues such as parasite burdens which are then treated with chemicals that again damage soil health. Set stock grazing damages soil health.

Strip Grazing

This style of grazing involves moving fences regularly allowing the livestock access to fresh pasture.
In the context of this project, the strip grazer is from the dairy sector and combines this grazing approach with high fertiliser use, tillage, reseeding and slurry spraying. All these practices are damaging to soil health. There is little or no increase in organic matter in the soil using this system. The leaching of chemicals and the release of greenhouse gases in this system are high. Overall this system is detrimental to soil health and therefore the wider environment.

"Mob'ish"

This is a word I have made up to describe land managers that I have encountered during this project.
They are in transition. These farmers are bunching their animals more tightly, moving them more frequently and are beginning to see the benefits in animal health, productivity and biodiversity uplift. They are noticing greater drought resilience. These land managers are open minded, brave folk who are willing to experiment and willing to fail and learn. They do not have all the answers but they are taking steps to improve the state of the environment and need support.

Conservation Grazing

This system is where very low densities of the appropriate animals to that environment are allowed to graze. Care is taken in the duration of grazing season allowing plants to fully recover and reproduce.The results can show an excellent increase in biodiversity.

Adaptive Multi Paddock (AMP) Grazing and Techno Grazing

Both these systems mimic nature in the 'herd effect' that they create.
Animals are moved daily or every other day to provide fresh forage. 
Animals bunched together tread lots of organic matter into the ground.
Moving and back fencing prevent over grazing and under grazing.
Long plant recovery periods allow a broad diversity of species to develop in the sward. The greater the diversity in the sward the greater the diversity of insects alongside an improvement livestock health.
These systems require extensive planning and often equipment to provide all the welfare needs of the livestock in terms of food, water, shelter/shade. Time to set up fences is a significant factor. Once set up though, large numbers animals can be raised in highly productive, financially profitable operations that also provide an unrivalled boost in biodiversity. This is truly regenerative agriculture. Agriculture that is net positive to nature.







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