Will has been an uplands representative for NFU and more recently has represented Cumbria farmers on the board of Natural England. Mounted on his sitting room wall is the head of Saddleback Wedgewood, a Herdwick ram that never lost in a show (48 first prizes between 1932 and 1934): a symbol of the pride of shepherds and the quality of sheep that come from these uplands.
‘Our family has farmed in this area for the last three hundred years. In many instances a sheep flock will have seen a family through generations, centuries, through good and bad. You’ve got that much heritage, that much culture, that much empathy, that much of a link with your sheep flock – it’s part of your blood almost.’