Dartmoor group honours farmer

Thursday 22nd December 2005 12:00 am
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THE eighth annual Dartmoor Society Award was presented to Colin Pearse, of North Bovey, by society chairman Dr Tom Greeves in Moretonhampstead on Friday. The award, in the form of a unique hand-crafted ceramic plate, is given to those who, in the opinion of the society, have made a special contribution to Dartmoor. The award plate was made and designed by internationally renowned calligrapher Susanne Haines and potter Penny Simpson. Dr Greeves said: ?Colin Pearse has lived at Barramoor Farm in the parish of North Bovey on the east side of Dartmoor for some forty years. ?Since the 1980s, with his wife Hazel, he has bred and nurtured indigenous Whitefaced Dartmoor sheep there, thus helping maintain an ancient animal bloodline. ?To mark the 50th anniversary of the Whitefaced Dartmoor Sheep Breeders? Association he compiled a unique and remarkable book titled The Whitefaced Drift of Dartmoor?s ?prapper? Sheep, which was published in 2004. ?It is this outstanding achievement of record, combined with Colin Pearse?s devotion to Dartmoor hill farming, and all that it represents, that the Dartmoor Society wishes to salute through this award.?