A mat­ter of Trust

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE Na­tional Trust and the Lake Dis­trict have been en­twined for more than a cen­tury. To claim we’ve some­how lost in­ter­est in farm­ing (‘Save the farm­ers, not just the land’, Agromenes, Septem­ber 7) is sim­ply not true. We re­main as com­mit­ted as ever to the pro­tec­tion and en­hance­ment of the Lakes’ nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage, as shown in the ap­pli­ca­tion to UNESCO for World Her­itage Site sta­tus, which we have been very ac­tive in sup­port­ing.

We look af­ter 50,000 hectares [about 123,550 acres] of land in the Lake Dis­trict, we let 54 fell farms and main­tain a flock of 21,000 sheep, most of which are the Herd­wicks so beloved of Beatrix Potter. We are proud of our track record in main­tain­ing the tra­di­tions of fell farm­ing, of us­ing lo­cal skills, knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

No one can re­ally say with any cer­tainty who would have bought the land at auc­tion if the Trust hadn’t se­cured it for the na­tion. We don’t pre­tend to have all the an­swers when it comes to look­ing af­ter one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world, but what we do know is that we can only do it by work­ing with oth­ers—lo­cal farm­ers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity—and that’s what we will con­tinue to do. Pa­trick Begg, Ru­ral En­ter­prises Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Trust

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