- Fell farming
Fell farming is the
farmingof Fells, i.e. areas of uncultivated high ground used as common grazing. It is a term commonly used in Northern England, especially in the Lake Districtand the Pennine Dales. Elsewhere, the terms "hill farming" or pastoral farmingare more commonly used.
Animals native to fells, or bred for fell farming, include:
Rough Fell (sheep)
As discussed in an article on the Carnegie UK Trust Rural Community Development Programme site: [ [http://rural.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/media_clips/rural_futures_and_fell_farming_traineeship__cumbria Rural Community Development Programme - Media Clips ] ]
"The Foot and Mouth outbreak in Cumbria in 2001 led to the culling of over a million sheep. It also showed that the hill (fell) farming communities were as vulnerable as the pastoral system they have created over many generations."
In the latter stages of
Beatrix Potter's life, she purchased property in the Lake District(bequeathed to the National Trust and now comprising a portion of the Lake District National Park) for the purposes of conservation and historical preservation. Her efforts helped to ensure "the practice of fell farming remain unspoiled to this day."
* [http://www.fellsanddales.org.uk Leader+ Fells and Dales project]
* [http://www.roughfellsheep.co.uk The Rough Fell Sheep Breeders' Association]
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