Richard Postelthwaite's role as farmer at Naddle Farm is an unusual one. In 2012 RSPB took over the tenancy of Naddle farm and have been working closely with United Utilities to devise a model of farming and land management that helps them boost biodiversity and enhance the landscape in a way that improves the quality of water flowing off the fells into Haweswater reservoir. Richard (pictured on the right) leads the farming element, caring for and shepherding the sheep on the commons and in the lower lands.
The aim is to establish a model that sustains a viable hill farm and support rich biodiversity. There is an extensive tree planting programme and a system of grazing that is intended to reduce pressure on upland blanket bog and peat. Many farmers are watching keenly to see if the model does in practice support successful farming, and how changes in the stocking level at Naddle affect neighbouring farms whose flocks graze on the same commons.