Hilary and her husband John used to have around 900 sheep (Texels and Rough Fells) on their farm below the Heart-Shaped Wood in Tebay. They now have a smaller farm near Appleby. Hilary is a keen historian and has written ‘Heritage of the Hills’.
‘The hill farm is a livestock nursery ... it’s the way that we use all of our land to produce food. In Tebay we had 48 species of birds, from the sky larks and curlews on the top to the dippers in the rivers at the bottom, and the wrens in the wall, all this without any special conservation. It’s an integrated system, including moving the flock from high to low lands. If you take out one piece of the jigsaw, you’re liable to disrupt the whole thing.’