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New Ideas and Faces at Cumbria CLA Meeting

CLA members from throughout Cumbria came together at the historic Lowther Castle for the Annual General Meeting of the Cumbria branch.

They were given a unique insight into the history of the landmark building which stood derelict for many years before being leased in 2010 to the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust, which secured £8.9 million of funds to develop the castle and gardens into a major visitor attraction.

New CLA Cumbria Chairman Chris Addison with his wife Caroline (right) and CLA member Tina Walker

New CLA Cumbria Chairman Chris Addison with his wife Caroline (right) and CLA member Tina Walker

CLA Vice President Ross Murray used the occasion to launch the CLA’s latest initiative calling for the redistribution of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to benefit farmers in the region. Under the CLA’s proposals, a percentage of European funding would be channeled away from lowland farmers and handed to upland farmers as part of the current review of the CAP.

Mr Murray said: “Hill farming provides much-needed social and environmental benefits, including maintaining many of the iconic Cumbrian landscapes that we treasure and enjoy, so it is crucial that CAP reform maintains the viability of these small but necessary farms.”

The event also saw the appointment of Westmorland farmer Chris Addison as the new Chairman of the CLA in Cumbria and Mark Southern of Pennybridge, Ulverston as his Vice Chairman.

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