Peak Land Lives
The Peak Land Lives project was set up to find and tell the tales of farmers and farming in the South West Peak, with a focus on the individual stories of some of the hardy folks feeding the nation.
The project produced the book The Land That Made Us: The Peak District Farmer's Story. Many local farmers and land owners throughout the South West Peak were interviewed to gather a full picture of the history of farming, to examine current issues faced by the industry, and also look forward to the future of farming in the area.
Volunteers helped to collect, edit and curate the large quantities of interview audio files that resulted from this fascinating project. The book and all the interviews it includes were edited and organised by Christine Gregory and Sheila Hine.
The book is available to buy at the retailers listed below.
Reader review: “Just wanted you to know that I am re- reading the lovely book that you gave me for Christmas - The Land That Made Us - it engenders a feeling of past times when life's priorities were so different. An excellent read in these troubled times especially as it makes me remember my own childhood in rural Yorkshire- so very similar.”
Peak Land Lives was led and coordinated by The Farming Life Centre and all proceeds from book sales are reinvested back into on-farm projects that support these unsung residents of the South West Peak.
Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.
When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure they do not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping your furry friend under control.