Sustaining Farming in the Westmorland Dales

The Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership Scheme aims to reveal the hidden heritage of this new extension to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and engage people in its understanding, conservation and enjoyment.

The overall scheme has 21 projects and is in the process of bidding to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Farmer Network is applying as one of the project partners and our proposals include:

  • Holding 4 knowledge transfer events per year with funding also for performance recording and trial work on farms.
  • Developing the skills of the next generation of farmers by supporting two young people through a Skills Development Programme.
  • Helping farmers afford the financial cost of training through an extension of the Farmer Network’s training voucher scheme.
  • Communication to members of the public of the role livestock farming has in shaping the landscape of the Westmorland Dales with two Farming Landscape/Educational visits events to be funded each year.

The project, if approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will start in April 2019 and take place over 3 years. Match funding has been successfully applied for from the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Development Fund.

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