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Scoriton, Dartmoor. August 2021The Colwills have been dairy farming on Dartmoor since the 1940s. Little has changed in the beautiful Dartmoor village of Scoriton for generations. The village is reached via tiny, winding lanes, smothered with trees and hedgerows; a stream, a narrow hump-backed bridge lead to a handful of stone cottages nestling in the Dartmoor landscape, but village life is busy. The Colwill’s collies proprietorially circulate in the lane outside their village centre farm, greeting locals and moorland walkers alike and life on the farm, run by Laura and her parents Tony and Sue, is non-stop from dawn til dusk.I visited Laura Colwill this summer. She agreed to let me photograph her milking her dairy herd early one morning.The Colwill’s farm at Scorition is the last family run dairy farm on Dartmoor national park. Laura is keen to keep it alive.