Monday, 11 February 2013

Land management skills courses available in Cumbria

‘Work the View' land management skills 

Friends of the Lake District is a registered charity who are responding to a current shortage in land management skills by providing training opportunities for people in Cumbria who are currently, or intending to work in the farming, food or forestry sectors.

In 2012, over 350 people participated in the ‘Work the View’ training project covering a range of topics including hay meadows, orchards, carbon habitat management, field boundaries and ponds. The training on the latter includes why - either for reducing water run-off or improving wildlife habitat -  and how to create one, maintenance and what grants are available for projects. There is also skills based training in such as trailer handling, hedgelaying and dry stone walling. There is a charge of just £10 per course. 

Over 500 training days were delivered to people of all ages n 2012. John and Judith Rogers Rogers, from Bowness on Solway, came to the orchard management event at Redhills in Penrith. They said: “Many thanks for inviting us to your course. We learned so much from it and now feel more confident to tackle our own damson orchard. We also enjoyed the exchange of information from other participants too.”

For more information please contact the Project Officer, Carol Douglas: or phone 01539 720788 or go to

Friends of the Lake District was founded in 1934 to conserve the landscape and natural beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District. It played a crucial role in the campaign for the Lake District to be designated as a national park during the 1930s and 1940s. National Parks were created as part of the Labour Party’s post war reconstruction.

The ‘Work the View’ project is part of Rural Skills Cumbria, funded by Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England and managed by the LEADER Local Action Groups.

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