In February, Keith and Rob from Stump Up For Trees visited Cumbria, looking at woodland creation on commons and private land in the Howgill Fells, with The Woodland Trust. Wood pasture, flood management and biodiversity creation - all things we are trying to promote at Stump Up For Trees - were discussed.
Landscape-scale change, led by farmers and other landowners, facilitated by conservationists, is bringing nature back to the sheep-knackered moors of Cumbria. Positive, uplifting stuff.
Keith and Rob also attended the 'Uplands For Everyone' conference organised by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Tony Juniper gave an inspiring speech, and there were presentations from farmers, politicians, conservation organisations, landowners and funders, around the theme of creating more space for nature in the future landscape.
We have been kicking around the idea of holding a similar conference here, assuming covid restrictions end one day. If you have thoughts on that, or would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you: