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Farming in the High Peak: Upper Booth Farm

A case study of an upland farm in the Peak District National Park of England.

Year of Publication2008

Upper Booth is a family operated upland farm in the heart of the Peak District. The land is farmed without artificial fertilisers and stocked to its natural capacity. Hill sheep are the predominant enterprise with a herd of Belted Galloway cattle to complement sheep grazing and help improve habitats for snipe and curlew and create diversity of plant species. Income from farming is supplemented by a campsite and local farm produce is sold and visitors are encouraged to take an interest in the farm. Robert Helliwell sees the future as focussing on quality meat production and selling breeding stock but argues that upland farmers should be better supported as the most cost effective way of managing upland landscapes for public benefit.

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peak districtsingle farm paymentesacountryside farmer of the yearenvironmentally sensitive area
Organisation Logo for Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)

Working for the future of farming and rural life.

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