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Farmers 'should look after countryside'

Posted 10 January 2012
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Farmers 'should look after countryside'
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Farmers have a responsibility to act as custodians of the landscape for future generations, according to most of the respondents to a poll.

The survey by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) carried out last month found 84 per cent of the public support this notion, something that may be backed by those who like to head out to the wilds with their backpacks and walking boots.

It also found 78 per cent of people want farmers to be supported more to carry out greener agricultural practices.

Senior CPRE framing campaigner Ian Woodhurst noted this chimes with the pressure group's own ideas.

However, he added: "The government, farmers, the food industry and environmental organisations will need to work together over the coming years to ensure that the public's aspirations are realised."

Last month, the Lake District National Park Authority sponsored two Cumbrian livestock shows as part of a move to build closer links with farmers and develop a dialogue to ensure both are able to develop their objectives in mutually beneficial ways.