4. Herdwick Champion Award
Thank you for all your entries, the awards are now closed. Watch this space for the announcement of the shortlist in January
Thanks to her tireless work and dedication, she became accepted and played a leading role among Cumbrian farmers. Her membership of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association took her into unexpected places over the years, “usually,” she admitted, “in a tavern! After a sheep fair.”
Herdwick sheep are a core part of the National Trust’s involvement in the Lake District, and we celebrate the unique role the breed plays in the management of the landscape, especially the special nature of commons and the way of life that comes with communal grazing.
Our requirement that landlord’s flocks are retained (set up in Beatrix Potter’s time) has helped maintain those characteristics and enable new entrants to get into fell farming.
There are many local shows that celebrate champion Herdwicks, but this award is slightly different.
We want to recognise the Herdwick champions, those committed individuals whose lives are dedicated to producing sheep of the highest quality, or who add value and status to the breed, its story and products, and who encourage and work with the next generation of farmers and shepherds to ensure a future for Herdwick sheep on the Lakeland fells.