Hill Farming Training Scheme launched

The Federation has been working closely with the Foundation for Common Land to deliver this unique project teaching conservationists about the work of hill farmers. It aims to close the void between farmers producing food and experts who focus on the environment.  

The scheme was launched in late October by Joe Relph from Borrowdale and Tom Lorains from Newlands who gave eight conservationists from RSBP, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Lake District National Park and Natural England an on-farm introduction to hill farming including undertaking some basic sheep tasks and walking them to the high fell to wall and gather sheep. The feedback from these first recruits has been overwhelmingly positive. The other farmers taking part in this project are David Noble, Stephen Lord, Harry Hutchinson and Alan Alderson and three more on-farm introductory days are planned for November and December.

In the New Year there will two more levels of training which will look more closely at farm finances and how different environmental schemes affect the running of farms.

The November edition of the Cumbria Farmer has written about the scheme - to read the article click below.