The Princes Countryside Fund supports initiatives that help upland farming in Cumbria. Among these are trainee schemes, and overseeing this is one of Veronica's roles. She helps to coordinate trainee placements and connect young trainees with farmers.

Having support to get young trainees onto farms is positive for hill farming in Cumbria as it gives them a chance to develop their skills. There is not, however, always a viable farm to move onto, and this is one of the challenges facing the Lake District. As older farmers move on and hand a farm on, will it be viable? Will the stock be large enough to sustain itself, and will younger, incoming farmers have the multitude of skills that are now needed to thrive in addition to stockmanship - accounting know-how, a business head, ability to diversify and more?

www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

Veronica Waller

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