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Everyone welcome to National Trust 2020 farming update

Will Cleasby, National Trust farming adviser in the Lakes

STAFF at conservation charity, the National Trust say everyone is welcome to a farming event they are holding on Thursday 27th of February, at 7pm in the Fairfield Restaurant at Cockermouth Auction.

The Lake District landscape loved by millions is shaped by farming says the Trust who owns over 20% of the Lake District National Park, much of it managed with its tenant farmers. They are looking for solutions to secure a sustainable future for farming in the Lakes, working with tenant farmers, industry experts and partners, to ensure farmers are recognised for delivering a range of public benefits from tackling the nature and climate crisis to delivering cultural heritage, clean water, green energy, healthy soils, high-quality food and access to great beauty and nature.

National Trust farming advisor Will Cleasby explained what people can expect at the event: “There will be an update on farms that we expect to come for let, an introduction to Jez Westgarth, the Trust’s new future farming programme manager as well as information about an external advisory panel and a working group that guide our decisions.

“The meeting is also a chance for people to sign up to the Trust’s new entrants programme which supports those who wish to take on a National Trust farm tenancy, including sons and daughters of Trust tenant farmers,” added Will

“We also hope the event is also a good opportunity for people to meet others who have a farming interest,” said Will.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to let National Trust staff know by emailing [email protected]

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