Rural & Visitor Economy (Theme Lead: Angie Anthonisz)

The rural and visitor economy theme adopts a transformational business philosophy that encourages the development of innovative thinking and contemporary approaches to planning and management that are linked to supporting a broad range of resources across the sector. The debates need to focus on an appraisal of the mixed economy and the contributions each sector makes to sustainable rural environments. This will entail showcasing business, supporting small business growth, encouraging knowledge exchange and identifying best practice in sustainable management that is based on an economic model/strategy that is research informed.

Gap Analysis for Hill Farm Support Post Brexit

A critical evaluation of areas needing further support for hill farming in Cumbria. Key findings focused on the need for better relationship management between organisations and farmers, and second, a more holistic integrated advisory service.

 

Funder: Royal Society of Arts Food, Farming & Countryside Commission

Please contact: lois.mansfield@cumbria.ac.uk

Hill Farming

Norway and Hybrid spruce trials

These two projects are focused on diversifying the range of trees used in production forestry.

The Norway spruce (Picea abies) trials involve testing improved material from seed orchards in France, Sweden and Denmark against the German material commonly planted in the UK across two sites in Scotland, one in south west England and one in Wales.

The hybrid spruce trials are focused on testing a spruce hybrid (Picea X lutzii) on four sites in south east Scotland and north east England considered to have insufficient rainfall for Sitka spruce, the main production species in commercial forestry in the UK.

Funder: See Partners

Partners: Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd, Tillhill Forestry, Scottish Woodland, Forestry England 

Please contact: andrew.leslie@cumbria.ac.uk

Leslie

Pine weevil control trials

These are a series of trials, established across several years testing are focused on testing physical, chemical and other measures to reduce the damage of pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) on Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), the main production species in commercial forestry in the UK.

Pine weevil is the only forest insect pest in the UK where control measures are routinely taken and damage estimated at Euro 100 million is caused by the insect across Europe.

Funder: See Partners

Partners: Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd, Tillhill Forestry, Scottish Woodland, Forestry England

Please contact: andrew.leslie@cumbria.ac.uk, alex.dittrich@cumbria.ac.uk

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