22 June 2017
Statement from Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park:
“At the Lake District National Park’s Authority meeting on 21 June 2017, Members agreed to lease Glenridding Common to the charity the John Muir Trust. This follows a period of consultation earlier this year, which gave the community and key stakeholders an opportunity to understand more about the proposal.
During this period we continued our discussions with the two commoners who graze the land and representatives from the farming community made useful contributions towards the content of the draft lease.
We will now formalise a three-year lease and we are aiming for this to be in place from August 2017.
The John Muir Trust and the National Park are jointly committed to caring for the common, including working with the local community, and we look forward to seeing how the Trust’s management will enhance and improve the environmental quality of this land.”
Update 22 June 2017: more information on the Glenridding Common consultation