Develop and launch an annual farm and estate ‘open day’ programme by 2020, to enable more people to experience and understand the roles that farming, food production, woodland and moorland management play in looking after the distinctive landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
How are we doing on this objective
Progress: The programme was being developed to launch this Spring but had to be postponed in the light of Covid-19. A new programme will be developed for 2021. It will showcase a number of opportunities for the general public and other interested groups to attend farm and estate open days run by a number of well regarded farmers and estate owners.
Rationale: 95% of the National Park is in private ownership. Farming and sporting uses are responsible for the way that the National Park is managed. Many of the important habitats – heather moorland; hay meadows – would not exist without that management. Yet the general public has little understanding of – nor the opportunity to experience – this farming life. Wider public support will be essential to secure future taxpayer funding to support high-nature value farming and land management.
Lead partner: Dales Farmer Network
Supporting partners: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Northern Hill Farming Panel; Yorkshire Dales Farming & Land Management Forum; Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group; British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
Cost over 5 years: £25,000
Funding shortfall: n/a
Ecosystem services: Recreation; A sense of history