Unease about the Lake District National Park Nature Improvement Area bid

This scheme is part of the government's White Paper on the Natural Environment which will select 12 pilot areas across the UK to become part of a three-year plan to improve the natural environment. The Lake District National Park Partnership has been successful in its 1st round bid to deliver a step-up in nature conservation in the Bassenthwaite and Ullswater catchment areas.

The partnership now has to develop a full business plan. If successful they will be allocated about £600,000 over three years.

We have been working with the NFU to ‘farmer proof’ this NIA bid so that that sustainable food production though traditional hill farming systems forms an integral part of these landscapes, rather than being viewed as a hindrance. We have asked for the project to deliver increased resilience of traditional hill farms as well as favorable condition of biological targets. If we do not get this reassurance, then we will not endorse the bid.

To see a recent Farmers Weekly article about the NIA click here http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/22/11/2011/130215/Lake-District-farmers-op...

To read statement about the the bid click here: