The future of farming

The Future of Farming

The Lake District National Park is working with a group of partners to help shape the future of farming. The aim of this group is to ensure a package of public funding for sustainable hill farming and land management in the Lake District of at least similar levels to present, based on the principles of public payments for public benefits, including both cultural and natural assets.

The partners involved in these discussions include:

  • Lake District National Park Authority
  • Country Land And Business Association
  • Natural England
  • Westmorland and Furness Council
  • Cumberland Council
  • National Farmers Union
  • Cumbria Woodlands
  • National Trust
  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Environment Agency
  • Solway Coast AONB
  • Farmer Network
  • United Utilities
  • Federation of Cumbria Commoners
  • University of Cumbria
  • Friends of the Lake District
  • Waver Wampool farmers
  • Forestry Commission
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust

We are working on a variety of proposed schemes to test the proposed new Environmental Land Management Scheme. We have also met with DEFRA to demonstrate the importance of our cultural heritage in the Lake District.

This group is committed to working with Lake District farmers and land managers to help and support them to successfully navigate through a period of significant change, increase resilience, and ability to adapt positively to change.