Meet the Dartmoor Greyface sheep, and see how the process works all the way from sheep, to wool, to finished product. Lily Warne is a family business from Chagford, with a family dynasty of over 100 years! This local business is very successful, and can even be found gracing the shelves of John Lewis.
They say “We are proud to continue to live and work in this wonderful part of Devon surrounded by our extended family and wonderful friends all of whom have helped us make Lily Warne Wool what it is today. We are delighted to be able to have a positive impact on not just the local farming community but also the wider local community as Lily Warne Wool grows day by day to provide more employment and income for the local area and shepherds as well as showcasing this beautiful area we are proud to call home to the nation through our frequent media appearances. We wish Lily could be here to share our journey in person but we are sure she would be very proud.”
Find out more on the Lily Warne Wool website.
The Greyface Dartmoor sheep
The Greyface Dartmoor is also known as the Dartmoor or “Improved” Dartmoor. Attractive, quiet and easily handled the Dartmoor have their enthusiasts throughout the country and provide a natural focal point whenever they appear. Descended from the local breeds, which grazed the low ground in and around Dartmoor, they have an immensely strong constitution and a wonderfully heavy fleece which we use to create our lovely products.
The Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association was established in 1909 to standardise, promote and develop the breed, which was well established in three areas, the South Hams, Tavistock and of course Chagford (the home of Lily Warne herself). Today flocks are kept throughout England,Wales and south of Scotland, some sheep have also been exported. However the breed still needs help and Lily Warne Wool is committed to helping ensure the survival of this breed that is and has always been integral to our family farming history.
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