Climate change project could increase farm incomes

SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the Lake District National Park’s carbon and land management project, and encourages farmers to participate.

The project team are currently looking for farms to take part, and this will involve staff from the national park and the University of Cumbria visiting volunteer farms four times between February and July next year carrying out tasks, such as mapping the existing store of carbon in soil and vegetation on their farm, calculating the carbon footprint of the farm and estimating the effects of different types of land management on carbon.

As well as looking at how farms can help in reducing the effects of climate change, they will also be considering the effects this has on the farm’s business.

It is hoped the project may reveal some money-saving ideas, or it could be used as evidence for the need for more resources.

Mr Farron said: “I think that this is a great idea, it really is so good to see that the local university and the national park are working together on something that could benefit farming communities across the South Lakes and beyond.” 

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