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Thriving farming community is important to countryside

Date: Tuesday 7th March 2017

Sir, Mr. J. Dumont writes (Herald, 25th February) that the only media-sourced voice with an opinion on the future of the Lake District national park is from those with a vested financial interest — the farmers.

How wrong he is when you consider that all the councils are represented, along with Cumbria Tourism, Natural England, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, National Trust and Friends of the Lake District. These are only a few of the total list of those involved with the welfare of the national park.

Mr. Dumont also mentions that tourism is our main source of income. This is where I can totally agree with him. We all want the Lake District to be a place where prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities can all come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage.

That is why it is important to maintain a thriving farming community. It is the work the farmers do that has helped to create the landscape that we have today. It has taken generations of farmers to achieve this.

Farming has always been the backbone of the country, and farmers are the true custodians of the countryside. If the Lake District national park ignores this fact then it would have a detrimental effect on the whole area.

That is why it is important to make sure that the farming community is given the support it needs to invest in the future so that the next generation of farmers continue to look after the countryside for the prosperity of our local communities and for the enjoyment of visitors who come to the Lake District, and who are so needed to boost our economy and create much-needed jobs. Yours etc,

RICHARD SEALBY

Watsons Farm,

Greystoke Gill.


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