The majority of land in England's National Parks is farmed. This has shaped the landscapes we see today. Most of these diverse areas spanning both uplands and lowlands include unimproved grassland, moorland, heath and bog that depend on livestock grazing. As well as being responsible for producing high quality food, farming continues to have a strong influence on the wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage of these areas. 17,300 people are employed in farming in England's National Parks, or 10 per cent of total employment.
The English National Park Authorities have built up strong relationships with their local farming and commoning communities, many of whom operate in quite hostile environments. We want to work with them and Natural England so that they continue to provide sustainable food and a host of other public benefits that are valued by society. And we want to celebrate the Great British Food and Drink that comes from National Parks – connecting landscapes, farmers, and consumers.
For our latest thinking on farming in the National Parks and Brexit, please see the document listed below ‘Farming in the English National Parks’