Food and farming research tour to pit stop in Ambleside

Food and farming research tour to pit stop in Ambleside name


The University of Cumbria is to host a visit by researchers who have taken to two wheels to cross the UK to canvas opinions about food and farming.

The Food Farming and Countryside Commission, part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has embarked on the seven-month odyssey to hear grass roots opinions in high streets, supermarkets, farmers markets, workplaces and pubs. 

By working with industry experts and citizens the Commission aims to understand how public perception and values differ and align with the reality of our food, farming and countryside

The group has already passed through Scotland and on Tuesday June 26 the cycling canvassers will call in to carry out interviews with academics Dr Lois Mansfield and Dr Kate Rawles at the university’s Ambleside campus.

Dr Mansfield, a principal lecturer in outdoor studies, has written widely about the challenges faced by upland farmers while IFLAS associate lecturer Kate has just returned from cycling the length of South America on a bike made of bamboo grown at the Eden project.     

The commission’s team are using cameras, iPads and audio recording equipment to document the thoughts of interviewees in a project which will conclude later this year.

After leaving the university the group will continue north to Cockermouth as the eight-month long project continues.      

Follow the tour on Instagram: ffc_commission