Trusting times

6 thoughts on “Trusting times”

  1. Rob – had no idea the NT already owns 90 farms in the Lake District – curious that they felt they needed yet another in order to “secure this beautiful landscape for the nation” – I feel farmers have been perfectly able to do this on their own, for the last few thousand years.

    1. It may also be the because they own so much of the Lake District that it is still a beautiful place to enjoy and there are at least 90 farmers and their families living and working on that land.

  2. I’m a land agent too. Admittedly a bit anti NT on account of the museumification of our countryside. Unless truly wild, all our landscape is constantly changing through man’s touch. Not always good – but always evolving. I don’t want to be a curator of a static asset. I want to keep evolving, experimenting and improving. That said, walking the coast path in Cornwall this summer, they do a good job of maintaining most of it – at some unsustainable cost and crazy stocking practices.

    1. As a land manager in the remote north of Scotland, I would be genuinely interested in your definition of “truly wild”. Even in the remotest corners of this small and heavily populated island I can’t think of many (if any) areas of countryside that have not been altered by management practices. Some current, some older.
      The impact of people is obvious to me, from the highest watershed to the deepest parts of our seas. The definition and management of “wildness” will be key element of the post CAP debate.

      I am concerned that it could become a distraction from the focus required on the areas between the coast and the 300m contour, where most of us live, work ( and grow some food)

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