02 March 2015 | Online since 2003



30 April 2014|News,Sheep,Shows and Events

Capital exposure for Lakes sheep farmers


One of the most far-reaching explorations of Cumbrian upland sheep farming ever undertaken is set to be exhibited in a major London exhibition.

Established three years ago, following initial funding from the Lake District National Park, Land Keepers has seen widespread national exposure for a graphic picture plotting the trials and tribulations of hill farming.

Plans to display the work of project organisers, writer and photographer Harriet and Rob Fraser, at the Royal Geographical Society in November mark the culmination of acclaimed research.

Three years ago, the pair set out to look beyond Lakeland’s chocolate box image to discover the reality of life for those mostly closely connected to the world-renowned landscape.

Setting out with little knowledge, LDNP backing to the tune of £8,000 and funding from Defra, the EU and others, the intention was to document how hill farmers are faring in the early 21st century and demonstrate their place within the uplands.

Harriet said it had been a compelling and valuable exercise, throwing up information which could influence and help policy makers in the future.

She explained: “Not only have we learned a huge amount about hill farming practices and culture, we have seen a wide variety of demands on the uplands and the challenges many in the farming community are facing.

“We’ve heard widespread concern for a sustainable future for the industry and practical ways to ensure rich biodiversity in the national park.

“Speaking to a cross-section of people working in the Lake District, we discovered some underlying conflicts of interest and lack of understanding. However, we found a lot of common ground with different organisations working together for a balance that works for everyone.

“It would be good to develop the project further, perhaps to tie in with the progress of the bid for Lake District World Heritage inscription.”

Harriet and Rob paid tribute to LDNP’s support. They explained that although they did not aim to influence thinking, perceptions had been altered.

“People have told us they have learned a lot and now see Lake District land, and hill farmers, in a different way. We are delighted by the opportunity to highlight this work at the Royal Geographical Society later in the year.”

LDNP community partnership and community co-ordinator, Clive Wickham, said he was pleased initial funding had brought such a powerful project to fruition.

He added: “This work is very much in tune with our support for upland farming and we’re delighted Land Keepers is achieving such a high profile.

“I’m sure it will continue to be seen as an invaluable piece of research for many years to come. Anyone wanting to find out more should see the much praised current exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.”

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


11 February 2015
Workshop Manager (Agricultural Engineer)
Agriculture/ Agricultural/ Combines/ Tractor/ Technician/ Engineer/ Manager/ Supervisor/ Workshop/ Service Controller/ Marlbo...

27 February 2015
Leadership / Management Training Apprenticeship
Your duties will include: Working closely with Team Leader, assisting in running a room or area. Planning and preparing timet...

11 February 2015
Field Service Engineer (Electrical)
They are part of a large group and service the whole of the UK in a various sectors, including but not limited to, Industrial...

18 February 2015
Marketing Manager
Farm Animal, Equine and Veterinary Companion Animal. Salary - Up to £50k depending on experience....

26 February 2015
Apprentice Livery Yard Groom
Billow Farm Livery. Billow Farm are looking for a local apprentice to become apart of their team on the Livery Yard....




Top stories you may have missed
2 February 2015 | Arable
Is EU membership damaging UK farming?

Is EU membership damaging UK farming?

Membership of the EU is damaging the British farming industry, according to...


29 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
Drones 'rapidly changing' agriculture

Drones 'rapidly changing' agriculture

BASIS has launched an accreditation for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (...


23 January 2015 | Arable
UK wheat yields have potential to double

UK wheat yields have potential to double

UK wheat yields have theoretical potential to more than double over the nex...


23 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
Crowds flock to LAMMA 2015

Crowds flock to LAMMA 2015

Britain’s farmers flocked to Peterborough for the first day of LAMMA’15 to ...


22 January 2015 | Cattle
Don't blame supermarkets for milk crisis...

Don't blame supermarkets for milk crisis...

The crisis in the dairy industry is not the fault of supermarkets, accordin...


16 January 2015 | CLA
Families affected by HS2 face 'major wor...

Families affected by HS2 face 'major wor...

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited three rural businesses in Cheshi...


16 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
John Deere unveil new 6R tractor range

John Deere unveil new 6R tractor range

Spearheading the John Deere range of mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the n...


14 January 2015 | Animal Health
Monthly TB checks more effective than ba...

Monthly TB checks more effective than ba...

Regular testing for bovine TB could significantly reduce the number of infe...


12 January 2015 | News
Government regulations hampering UK agri...

Government regulations hampering UK agri...

Single-issue policy-making threatens to hamper, not help, the progress of U...


8 January 2015 | Cattle
2015: The year ahead for the beef market

2015: The year ahead for the beef market

2014 has been a “rocky old year” for the beef industry but better prices ar...