Living on the Lamb’s Land with in Scafell Pike View

When your view is the uninterrupted splendor of the Lake District fells, including Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, you can’t help but wonder at its beauty.

ADD TO THIS SHEPHERDING 2000 Herdwick sheep every year, who dot this idyllic view. “Herdwick sheep are a mix of Viking stock and local wild sheep,” says Will Rawling. “They grace the tables of the Queen and Prince Charles, not to mention fine restaurants, who value the unique strong flavor.” Typical of farmers in this region, a strong link to protecting the land and integrity of the region runs deep. Will Chair’s the Farmers Network, chartered to support farmers, seeking to diversify to survive and grow stronger.

“We all are used to running various businesses, usually including livestock and crops. For me lambs are dominant, but it’s always important to look at other revenue sources. Tourism is big here, and more recently we are seeing energy crop come into the mix. This is good for the Lake District and North England.

Wearing his Farmers Network hat, Will recently visited Jan Wilkinson’s property beside the Cocker River, where the land is being prepared for a willow plantation. He has worked with others in his organization and the River Trust to explore the viability of willow in the region and working closely with Neil Watkins of Iggesund Paperboard to explore the possibility of introducing sheep into the process as a management tool, and to identify benefits to the lives stock i.e. shelter during lambing time. “Willow is a good addition to the business, depending on your farm enterprise. Jan Wilkinson’s location is especially interesting, because a cash crop can also slow down a flood. I would encourage farmers to diversify with willow, as part of their ongoing efforts to adapt and stay strong.”



Iggesund are working with the Farmers Network in to the possibility of introducing sheep into the process as a management tool. Plus identify benefits to the lives stock i.e. shelter during lambing time.