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National Trust seeks home for sheep on controversial new land purchase

Letters have been sent to local farmers of Thorneythwaite farm, Borrowdale asking them if they would look after the Herdwick sheep currently residing there.


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The 120-hectare (300-acre) farm was bought by The National Trust in a controversial bid, leaving local farmers outraged.


Now, the National Trust is looking for a shepherd for the Herdwick sheep on a 12-month tenancy.


A spokesman for The National Trust said letters had been sent to local farmers and there had already been ’many expressions of interest in shepherding the sheep on the land’.


"We have a lot of experience in managing tenancies and chaning tenancies for Herdwick farms and flocks.

 

Management


"We shouldn’t rush into an immediate plan for this land. A year gives us time to look at the options and speak to a broad range of stakeholders about how we could manage the land in future.


"The Herdwick sheep will also continue to be a key part of Lake District life. We recognise our responsibility to the breed and the unique role that it plays in the management of the landscape."


The National Trust outbid the guide price for Thorneythwaite farm by £200,000, offering a total of £950,000 for the historic farm.

 

The entire farm was sold in two lots, with the National Trust purchasing the 120-hectares, and a separate lot sold containing the farm house.

 

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The Foundation for Common Land has expressed its dismay at the farm not being kept as a whole unit and said it is ’essential the National Trust reassures us of its commitment to pastoral commoning’.

 

Julia Aglionby, executive director of the Foundation for Common Land said: "A first step would be to confirm the Thorneythwaite flock will be retained on Langstrath Common and that the farmland will be let to a long term tenant farmer.


"Placing farmers at the heart of managing the Lake District is essential to enhancing the outstanding values of this place.

 

"It is not a matter of pitching farming against nature and flood mitigation but improving how farmers and others collaborate to enhance nature and flood mitigation alongside public access, our cultural heritage, landscape and good local food."

 


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