Develop and launch an annual farm and estate ‘open day’ programme by 2022, 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: In November 2021 the target date for this objective was put back from 2020 to 2022. The planned programme had to be cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 as a result of Covid. During 2021 a promotional film has been created – ‘Farming through the seasons’ – and this will be used to promote the launch of a full open day programme that will start in Spring 2022.
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