2 June 1931

Dales authority to highlight problems facing its farmers

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is launching a campaign to raise public awareness of the problems facing its farmers – and will provide more help for them to recover from the ravages of last years foot-and-mouth crisis.

The park authority wants to encourage more farmers to "buy in" to agri-environment schemes under which they would receive cash help to combine landscape conservation with food production.

It is also considering establishing "demonstration farms" which will showcase the environmental and economic benefits of good land management and also improve public understanding of the links between food, farming and the environment.

In a joint statement, park authority chairman Steve Macaré, and chief executive David Butterworth described last years F&M crisis as "quite simply the worst event to hit the National Park since our inception in 1954". &#42