Walking with dragonflies

4 thoughts on “Walking with dragonflies”

  1. What a joy it is to experience these places, vicariously, through you. And despite being a Cumbrian, I imagine you know a good deal more than I do about Tebay Services – a place I must have passed hundreds of times and which has a fascinating origin story.

    1. Thank you for reading the book and for your comments and pictures. I wrote the book as a hill farmer faced with the post war changes in agriculture (in the 60s). These [changes] were always inevitable, but the implications for traditional farmers posed a threat to livelihoods and a traditional way of life. My theme was that these threats must be confronted by the creation of a more diverse rural economy, which does not conflict with ecological, landscape and wildlife conservation. All of which we, as a family, entirely support, together with the new policies for farming.

      [That said] DEFRA has a firm central control on the use of land and watercourses, yet it has no responsibility for the rural economy which sustains those who live in the countryside. The changes being brought about will devastate the existing population of our uplands. A matching intervention is needed to enable the rural population to sustain itself while supporting the changes in [land] management being sought by DEFRA. For example, an elected rural mayor could achieve this within an overarching economic strategy.

      1. Thank you John. Planning plays a central role in the rural economy, as you touch on numerous times in your book. Reforming it, along with adapting the definition of agriculture to enable more farmers to diversify into becoming ‘land managers’, is a challenge worthy of a Via Ferrata Xtreme!

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