The men who shaped the Dales

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The lives of farm­ing fam­i­lies in the York­shire Dales are be­ing chron­i­cled for pos­ter­ity in a project aimed at high­light­ing the link be­tween the land­scape and the farm­ers who man­age it. Vol­un­teers will in­ter­view, pho­to­graph and record farm­ers, then com­pare this in­for­ma­tion to that gath­ered over the past cen­tury, to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive record of farm­ing in 2016–17 for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The Voices from the Land—farm­ing and Land­scape in the York­shire Dales project has been launched by the Farmer Net­work thanks to money from the her­itage Lot­tery Fund and a grant from the York­shire Dales Na­tional Park Author­ity, amount­ing to £27,500.

‘The Dales land­scape is in­trin­si­cally linked with farm­ing,’ com­ments the York­shire Dales Na­tional Park Author­ity’s Ju­dith Dono­van. ‘For cen­turies, it has been fashioned by the peo­ple who live and work here. This fas­ci­nat­ing project will en­able ev­ery­one who has a love and in­ter­est in the land to un­der­stand changes to the land­scape and how they came about.’ Char­lotte Cooper

The York­shire Dales and the farm­ers who work on them are the sub­ject of a new project

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