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Lake District appoints farming officer in light of recent World Heritage status

The National Park has appointed its first ever official farming officer, Briony Davey.

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Briony Davey, the Lake District National Park’s first ever farming officer.
Briony Davey, the Lake District National Park’s first ever farming officer.
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Lake District appoints farming officer in light of World Heritage status

The role came hot on the heels of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status awarded to the Lake District and its farmers back in July, which championed farmers and landowners for their contribution to the landscape.

 

Despite farmer fears ‘extreme conservationists’ could reverse the work of the industry, North Yorkshire upland beef farmer and former member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park farm team Briony Davey said she was excited about the venture.

 

“It is a dream job for me – and a big challenge,” she said.


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Farming officer role

  • Establish a new farming task force
  • Capitalise on the World Heritage success
  • Advise on government policies, schemes and funding
  • Forge close-ties with farming communities
  • Establish links with the LDNP and LDNP Partnership

“I am fresh to the Lakes, but have a lot of experience in similar environments and am looking forward to getting to know people, the issues they face and delivering projects.”

 

Ms Davey said she was looking forward to actively working alongside farmers to make their voices heard in a time Brexit was so heavily on the agenda.

 

Collaboration

She will offer advice on government policies, schemes and funding in what she branded a wave of ‘new opportunities’.

 

The Lake District National Park (LDNP) lead strategy adviser, Andrew Herbert, said he was looking forward to the area putting more effort into joint working for the benefit of farmers and the national park.

 

He added: “Briony’s appointment coincides with the National Trust employing a farming adviser.

 

“It will help on a number of fronts, including biodiversity, water quality, flood risk management, carbon storage, cultural heritage, wellbeing and, of course, their livestock businesses.

 

“We have a focussed action plan and look forward to a new era of working ever closer with our farming communities across the national park.”

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