Herdwick response - 26 August 2020

Andrea Meanwell, the Lake District National Park’s Farming Officer commented:

The Lake District is famous for its native Herdwick sheep and the breed is central to our internationally recognised cultural heritage.

“We are working with Herdwick farmers in Borrowdale, Newlands and Bassenthwaite to make sure that the cultural value of the hefted flocks of Herdwick sheep is recorded as part of our ongoing Environmental Land Management (ELMS) test.

“We will continue to work closely with the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association to try to ensure the future of uplands farming and to work together on challenges such as farm business viability, nature recovery and climate change.”