All lakes farmers must be reached in the post first

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Professor Lois Mansfield, author of What has agriculture done for us?

Every farmer in the Lake District should receive the first publication of its kind explaining why agricultural cultural landscapes are important in the crusade for nature recovery and climate action.

What has agriculture done for us? will be distributed to the 1,246-strong national park farming community as it transitions from EU subsidies for food production to public benefit funding.

Adaptation is now paramount, according to the author of the booklet Lois Mansfield, professor of upland landscapes at the University of Cumbria.

She explained: “For generations, farmers have created this world famous place through their businesses, their buildings and their borders,” she said.

“All of this is now crucial to help address the post-Brexit world where the government sees the public interest as the new agenda for agriculture.

“The combination of old farmhouses, model fields, barns and dry stone walls is intrinsically linked to traditions of managing sheep herds, meetings of shepherds, agricultural fairs – and the skills needed to keep them alive. .

“Maintaining these features and activities underpins the visitor economy and can provide on-farm diversification options, such as accommodations, local food businesses and tourism activities.”

Colonies can support nature’s recovery

Supported by the Defra-funded Lake District National Park Protected Landscapes Farming Programme, Prof Mansfield said it was important to show how iconic settlements can support nature recovery and action climatic.

She added: “For example, traditional stone buildings are much better than new concrete and steel construction because the carbon is already built in. Wildlife and biodiversity can be boosted by good management of agricultural boundaries and woodlands.

“We want to champion what we have to offer and demonstrate how the cultural landscape, which led to World Heritage status, was and is shaped by those who continue to work the land and is celebrated through literature, painting and poetry.

“The farming community should be very proud of what has been achieved and what it offers. The booklet highlights this and offers guidance as it enters a new era of funding.

The project is a collaboration between Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association, Farmers Network, National Trust, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria and the Historic Environment Team of the Lake District National Park Authority.

The publication is available in pdf format on request. As a flipbook, it can be downloaded from farm websites: https://www.flipsnack.com/B7E75BDD75E/what-did-farming-ever-do-for-us.html

For more information and free booklet orders, email [email protected]

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