TRUSTEES AND MANAGERS OF
STELLING MINNIS COMMON
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THE ALTERNATIVE GRAZING PLAN
In submitting this plan; following significant research into existing successful grazing plans, I am mindful of the overall objectives of a complete plan and perceived philosophy of DEFRA, The Minnis Managers, the owners and the Local Community.
If it has been acknowledged that grazing in some form or another, by any particular type or types of livestock is a better way of managing scrub and the like. (as opposed to mechanical clearing) then I submit the following: -
Hopefully, by involving the local residents, commoners, owners and managers, I can persuade sufficient “sponsors” into “buying” or “donating” to the Village “flock/herd”.
This would mean that the participating residents have a day-to-day interest in the welfare of the flock/herd and the consequential benefits of the Minnis being grazed. They would also receive an additional benefit, by sharing, at the appropriate time, in fresh beef and lamb.
Irrespective of whether a resident donates any stock the sponsoring resident jointly and severally have notional ownership of the stock. This would mean that any stock, that maybe, in excess to the number required to maintain, or, if required to expand the stock 50 % would be given to the said resident. This would be at the same ratio of nominal ownership of stock available for slaughter.
Depending on the amount of stock available the following should be able to take place: -
Care of the Stock
Where it was deemed necessary to employ an administrator and perhaps a secretary together with a stockman, under my proposal, as none of these roles would need to be done on a full time basis. One locally appointed qualified person could perform all three functions. This would of course save money as far as funding is concerned.
This person (The Minnis Warden) would also be able to perform other tasks and duties as detailed/specified in The Kent Wildlife Trust Plan, previously submitted.
Summary and Conclusion
This plan would have the following benefits: -
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