2013-04-03 xml
Better Outcomes on Upland Commons

Partnership working to successfully manage common land in the English uplands has taken a major step forward, following a meeting involving key organisations and attended by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Concerns had been raised, not least by The Prince, as to how best to combine the many and varying interests in managing upland commons successfully. Issues include encompassing the practical and business needs of farmers, for example in sheep stocking levels, improving the land's water retention and quality as well as maintaining the cultural landscape and accommodating public access.

National Centre for the Uplands Director, Julia Aglionby

National Centre for the Uplands Director, Julia Aglionby

After brainstorming meetings at Clarence House earlier this year, organisations representing the various interests are now developing a framework for collaborative working. It was decided case studies across England would be established to take the work to the next level and identify attributes of success.

Over twenty partners have committed staff time to the project and financial support has already been committed by Natural England, The National Trust, Defra, the Duchy of Cornwall, the NFU and the Foundation for Common Land.

The meetings are being co-ordinated by the National Centre for the Uplands, led by its Director, Julia Aglionby. The Centre is based at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, which provides a range of land-based courses to students across the North of England.

The meeting took place at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh on Thursday 28 March 2013.

Participating Organisations

1 Defra
2 National Farmers Union
3 National Sheep Association
4 Prince’s Rural Action Programme
5 Moorland Association
6 The Ramblers
7 The Open Spaces Society
8 Cumbria Wildlife Trust
9 The RSPB
10 The National Trust
11 The Duchy of Cornwall
12 South West Water
13 Natural England
14 Association for National Park Authorities
15 Foundation for Common Land
16 CLA
17 The Heather Trust
18 Grosvenor Estate - Abbeystead
19 Langstrath Commoners
20 National Centre for the Uplands

National Centre for the Uplands

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