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Cumbria Projects

Cumbria Connections

The Cumbria Farmer Network has been asked to try to get a farmer-led project that will improve the wildlife habitats of farms in the Ullswater and Bassenthwaite river catchments. The Farmer Network has organised local meetings and formed a steering group of local farmers, plus Natural England and the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership. Helped the group prepare an action plan to sustain farming and the environment. Now seeking funding to implement the plan. Funding for facilitation from Natural England.

Farm & Forestry Network

The Farmer Network is the lead partner with Cumbria Woodlands in a project to develop the Cumbria branch of the Network by encouraging new ways of business networking. We are working closely with Newton Rigg College, involving students in local field trials and knowledge transfer activity. Funding is from the Rural Growth Network.

The Farmer Network Prince’s Trust Scheme

A programme for young people in Cumbria or the Yorkshire Dales aged 18–30, who are passionate about setting up or developing a farming or farming–related business, but are limited by the resources or opportunities available to them. The scheme comprises a short course on the basics of business planning, support from an experienced farm business adviser and the chance to apply for a low interest loan and training grant, with ongoing support from a volunteer business mentor. Funded by the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

North Lakes Labour Pool Project

We recently received confirmation of funding from the Rural Growth Network for a new project in the Ullswater/Bassenthwaite catchment area which covers much of the northern Lake District. The funding is to train and find work for young people to carry out practical tasks and another person to help with paperwork. There is also funding to work with 9 farmers to improve management of their farms, including testing and demonstrations

Skills Development Project

We currently have a scheme to train 12 x 16-22 year olds (7 in Cumbria, 5 in the Yorkshire Dales) to be hill farmers. We help the young people find extra work experience on at least 2 other hill farms, offer a training bursary worth £1,250 each and help them find training. The scheme also includes funding for a Farmer Network Labour Directory which will be used to promote the young farmers’ services in future. This is also available for all farmers and contractors to publicise their services. The scheme ends in December 2015. Thanks to funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.