The Lake District National Park’s Partnership recognises farming is facing a period of unprecedented change. Engagement with farmers and land managers has been critical to inform the development of the consultation on the Partnership’s Management Plan and a development stage bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Horizons programme.
In January 2021, farming organisations within the Lake District Partnership organised a series of meetings and developed a questionnaire to get feedback from farmers. Over 120 farmers and commoners attended meetings or completed questionnaires either on-line or through telephone interviews and the responses have helped to shape the plan now ready for wider consultation.
Key concerns from the engagement included the survival of businesses through the period of change, the survival of hefted flocks, producing environmentally friendly food products, support for young farmers and visitor pressures during the coronavirus pandemic.
LDNPA Farming Officer Andrea Meanwell said:
“It is important to acknowledge that farmers are key to delivering nature recovery networks and habitats in the National Park. More can be achieved when organisations, farmers and communities work together towards a common goal”.
The Partnership now welcome your views on the full Plan which is out to public consultation until Midday on 23rd June 2021, see more about the ideas to address the Future of Farming, Forestry, Nature Recovery and Climate Action view them and for information on other key challenges you can view the Plan.
If you would like more information, please email LDNPP@lakedistrict.gov.uk and we will get back to you.