Let's not rush into change on our uplands

The July issue of Cumbria Farmer has an article from Julia Aglionby, one or our committee members. In this article Julia considers Natural England’s target to see 25% of the uplands wooded by 2060.

Julia believes that a sudden increase in woodland planting is not sensible or practical for the following reasons:
• The current stewardship schemes on commons are not fit for the task, as woodland establishment requires sheep exclusion for 20 – 50 years and Natural England can only offer payments for 10 years
• The Lake District is a candidate for World Heritage Site due to the cultural landscape created by hill farming systems and sheep breeds such as Herdwicks
• Planting small areas of woodland and see how they develop would be preferable

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