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Hundreds sign petition to save Beatrix's farm

Published on 28/03/2005

Hundreds of people have signed a petition aimed at saving a Coniston farm once owned by world-famous children’s author Beatrix Potter.

High Yewdale Farm and its flock of Herdwick sheep are now owned by the National Trust, which wants to split it up and turn farm buildings into business units. The 17th century farm on 188 hectares of land is known as the show farm of the Lake District. Farmers and Coniston residents say the National Trust plans betray the author’s wish to keep the hill farm working.

Coniston parish council clerk Chas Sergeant said: “More than 400 have signed the petition, copies of which are in the Village Pantry, Wards News Agency, the Co-op, Hutchinson’s and the Meadowdore Café.”

The petition calls on the National Trust to rethink splitting the farm up and for it to be kept as one holding.

At a recent Coniston Parish Council meeting local people voiced their opinions forcefully.

Mr Sergeant said: “About 70 people attended the meeting and the opinion was heavily weighted against the National Trust.”