Executive Director enjoys Lake District farm walk

July 8, 2021

Our Executive Director, Keith Halstead, recently attended a farm walk with the Lake District group of our Farm Resilience Programme.

The farm walk took place on 7 July in Grasmere, as a way to bring the group together following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keith said of the event:

“What better way to meet my first group of farmers on the Farm Resilience Programme (FRP), than attending a farm walk and barbeque supper in Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District.  It was a glorious sunny evening when I arrived at Brimmer Head Farm to be met by our hosts for the evening, Robert and Jane Powell, and a welcome mug of tea! It was also good to meet our coordinator, Heather Wildman, along with other farming families who had started to arrive.

“This holistic approach of involving the whole family was one of the first benefits of the FRP to strike me that evening. There was more to come as Robert spoke about his family’s history of farming in Grasmere, their current enterprise and the challenges ahead. We then set off for a farm walk which provided the ideal opportunity to chat with many of those present about how they are dealing with the future uncertainties in upland farming, and how the PCF can help through its resilience programmes.

“All the farmers present in this group were tenants of the National Trust and had completed the business modules of the FRP.  Next up is the environment workshop, which I will be back for, as I am keen to see how all of those I met in July benefit from this session at Cockermouth Mart in October.”