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Dalesbred Breeders Association

Yorkshire Dales Farming & Land Management Forum

Our Vision

‘Working together to support the future of an economically viable and environmentally responsible farming and land management sector within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.’

What we do

The Forum meets quarterly, shares information and collaborates to support and coordinate farming and land management within the National Park, for example providing advice and expertise to develop, implement and monitor objectives for the National Park Management Plan; bring together expertise in developing innovative land based projects.

Our members

The Forum has members representing a wide range of organisations and individuals who work and have an interest in farming and land management in the area.

Farmer members:

  • Neil Heseltine – Malhamdale (Chair)
  • Anthony Bradley – Ribblesdale
  • Garry Schofield – Wharfedale
  • James Hodgson – Lower Wensleydale
  • Martin Coates – Upper Wensleydale
  • John Metcalfe – Chapel Le Dale
  • Harry Hutchinson – Sedbergh area
  • Matthew Bell – Raydale
  • Raymond Calvert – Upper Swaledale
  • Matthew Barker – Lower Swaledale
  • Roger Sedgwick – Sedbergh area
  • Stephen Lord – Orton area
Neil Heseltine at home in Malhamdale
Neil Heseltine, Chair


  • Currently vacant

Landowner member:

  • Adrian Thornton Berry – Swinithwaite estate and representing the Yorkshire Dales estates

Organisation members:

  • Pippa Merricks – Natural England
  • Ian McDonnell – Environment Agency
  • James Copeland – National Farmers Union
  • Charlotte Simons – Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and Catchment Partnership representative
  • Carol Moffat – The Farmer Network / Garsdale Farmer rep
  • Dorothy Fairburn – Countryside and Landowners Association
  • Jeremy Dick – Forestry Commission (NE & Y)
  • Jim Smith – Forestry Commission (NW)
  • Julian Carlisle – National Trust
  • Adrian Shepherd – YDNPA
  • Helen Keep – YDNPA (lead officer)
  • Representatives of the Farm Conservation Team  – YDNPA
Helen Keep, Lead Officer

For more information, please contact the Forum Secretariat at