The Government is committed to helping create a more sustainable future for the English uplands. Led by Defra but involving a wide range of interested Departments and agencies, and stakeholder bodies, the Government has examined both the challenges and opportunities facing these important areas to identify what will enable them to become more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Although there is great physical, cultural and economic diversity among the different upland areas of England, hill farming, and those whose livelihoods depend on it, has a vital place in all of them. The Government wants to see hill farmers become more secure economically so that they can continue in future as both producers of food and stewards of the valuable natural resources of the uplands.
This statement sets out the conclusions of the Government’s policy review, along with a range of actions which the Government will take, in partnership with others in the public, private and voluntary sectors, to help secure the future sustainable development of the English uplands.