We have had so much support, inspiration and encouragement and would like to thank many people ... our list of thanks will grow as the year unfolds.
Support, Encouragement & Inspiration
Ian Hunter, Celia Larner (Littoral) - for setting Rob off to photograph barns in 2007-8; meeting the farmers was the inspiration he needed. And for being part of the initial kernal of the idea of Land Keepers, for hosting the pilot exhibition 'Rare Breed' in 2011, and for your continued support.
Fay Godwin - for photographs of Cumbrian farmers, taken in the late 1990s. An inspiration. Some of the young boys who were in Fay's photographs will be featured in Land Keepers as grown up farmers, and fathers.
Clive Wickham & LDNPA - for helping this get started, and for supporting the project through the Sustainable Development Fund.
Adrian Banford & Alison Love at RDPE - for encouragement and really practical guidance, including funding advice.
Viv Lewis at The Federation of Cumbria Commoners - for support and encouragement all along and lots of information.
Amanda Carson, Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association - for passion, encouragement, information and quick answers to emails.
Edwin Booth of Booths - for believing this project was a good idea, and supporting us.
Paul Harper & Will Rawling at The Farmer Network - for working in partnership, consulting on the direction of the project, and many introductions to farmers.
Shirley Muir at The Farmer Network - for guidance and support
Bunty Wright, of FWAG - for exceptionally positive encouragement and information (FWAG is no longer active)
Terry McCormick (formerly of ACT) - for enthusiasm and interest in the early stages.
Steering Group, for ongoing consultation:
Alan Alderson (Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association)
Anne Blackburn (LDNPA)
Will Cockbain (Defra Rep for Upland Farmers)
Nigel Cokell (Booths)
Paul Harper (Farmer Network)
Simon Humphries (Natural England)
Neil Johnson (National Trust)
Viv Lewis (Federation of Cumbrian Commoners)
Will Rawling (Farmer Network)
Jeff Cowton and The Wordsworth Trust
Alison Park at Low Sizergh Barn
National Trust at Wray Castle
Denise Prior at The Royal Geographical Society with IBG