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What is Happening to GAP?

News Date: 17.07.2008


What is happening to the Grazing Animals Project?

Since 2005 the Grazing Animals Project in England stepped up a gear from a highly successful advice partnership network to a project delivering training courses, workshops and facilitating/supporting local grazing schemes. During this time the network has grown from a membership of 1,000 to one of 1,600 participants. We now have a website that works and an impressive array of advice products. Our recent Study Tour to Poland was a great success as was the Conference in Stirling in 2007.

The current contract between Natural England and The Wildlife Trusts expires on August 7th and the GAP staff employed under this contract will be moving on to pastures new. A big thank you to Charlotte, Jane, Jim and Sophie for their dedication to GAP.

Natural England are now in advance negotiations with three other partner organisations about a new, ambitious project that will provide a home for the GAP network and see the GAP approach mainstreamed into advice to farmers and other land managers. This will be a distinctly different project with a new staffing structure and new funding streams which will begin development in earnest from August 2008. What will not change is the network core and the GAP ethos.

2. Where can people get support?
The existing complement of GAP staff will remain in post until August 7th. Natural England will then provide an interim service until the new partnership takes on the network services. The GAP web site and Nibblers discussion group will remain live.

3. What will happen to GAP resources?
GAP publications and other advice resources will remain available from the web site. GAP network expertise will continue to be tapped into under the new arrangements.

4. Who should people contact for further information?
For further information about the new arrangements for the GAP network, please contact David Burton: Natural England GAP Project Manager david.burton@naturalengland.org.uk Tel: 01722 415256