This is an archived website, available until June 2027. We hope it will inspire people to continue to care for and protect the South West Peak area and other landscapes. Although the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ended in June 2022, the area is within the Peak District National Park. Enquiries can be made to

The 5-year South West Peak Landscape Partnership, 2017-2022, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Project summary

Future Custodians inspired young people to make a commitment to the South West Peak through on-the-job training and work experience. Two types of apprenticeships were on offer: a Countryside Worker role and a Livestock Farming position. These posts worked together closely and apprentices that were involved with one role often had the opportunity to cross-train with the other positions, making the most out of this opportunity and providing a great deal of training to make individuals successful in future job searches.

As part of the collaborative nature of the Partnership each countryside apprentice worked at several different sites and livestock apprentices sometimes worked on more than one farm in the South West Peak. Why work at different farms you ask? Diversity of experience was key and this collaboration was driven by necessity in this landscape. Many farms in the area are smaller and might not have been able to support a full-time apprentice. Sharing apprentices among different farms, with transport provided by the project, made for a more efficient, enjoyable and productive programme overall.

Check out this blog post from our first group of apprentices, who completed their programme of study and successfully moved on to new jobs.

Case studies:

Future Custodians: The Work

Read about how the apprentices work was planned and how it operated within the Partnership.

Future Custodians: The Work

Future Custodians: The Apprentices

Read about the apprentices, who they were, what they did and what skills they acquired.

Future Custodians: The Apprentices

Future Custodians Final Report

Read  more about how the project was delivered and key outcomes.

Future Custodians Final Report

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What we did

  • Provided diverse and desirable training to motivated young people
  • Ensured close support and coordination provided by a dedicated project officer
  • Offered transportation around the area to different working locations as needed
  • Increased resilience and the potential for future succession within farming communities
  • Involved apprentices in different projects; such as Working for Waders and Crayfish in Crisis


Learn more about the different apprenticeship programs we have on offer

Who's working on this project?

Karen Shelley-Jones

Karen Shelley-Jones

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Our partners

  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Peak District National Park Foundation