Thorneythwaite, Borrowdale in the Lake District
Thorneythwaite is a small (303 acres) hill farm in Borrowdale which we purchased in August 2016. We bought the land because of its conservation value, this means most of the valley is now in our care. Now we are better able to look after this special place, on behalf of the nation, for ever. In the last year we have been discovering just how special Thorneythwaite is and strengthening our relationship with the very important local and farming community.
This year we published Playing Our Part, a national strategy setting out our plans to tackle the decline in British wildlife. We've also published Looking after the Lakes – a specific response to unprecedented conservation challenges in the Lake District. Both describe how we are working in partnership with farmers to find a way to put nature at the heart of sustainable farming.
Here’s how we’re putting our principles into action at Thorneythwaite.