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

The South West Peak Fresh Start Uplands Academy aimed to provide business training to the next generation of farmers and landowners in the South West Peak by offering tailored packages consisting of 30 hours of business-focused training to 20 young farmers throughout the South West Peak.

The Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre (FSLEC) is a national community interest company focusing on the farming community. It aims to equip aspiring landowners and farmers with the key knowledge, understanding and skills needed to create and run successful land-based businesses.

Uplands Academy participants follow a varied programme designed to provide an introduction to the many possibilities and facets of getting started in business and how to make their dreams sustainable.

These training sessions are delivered by those who know the industry best; farmers, landowners, land agents, bankers, agricultural consultants, accountants and rural surveyors.

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Topics covered in Uplands Academy

  • Capitalising on the environment through an understanding of soil, grass, habitats, wood, and energy
  • The benefits of joint ventures and tenancies
  • Methods for business plan development and presentation
  • Upland farm assets and their functions
  • Tools and techniques for raising capital

Get involved

  • Where are we? See a map of the South West Peak area.
  • Farming is one of the largest industries in the South West Peak. Learn more about this valuable industry.
  • Interested in farming heritage? Check out our Peak Land Lives project.


Fresh Start Business Academy Application Deadline

Sun 11 Feb 2018

Providing business training to the next generation of farmers and landowners in the South West Peak.

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“The Academy has empowered me to get on with my life and has totally changed my attitude to business and what I can do for myself and family.”

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Co-operate with people at work in the countryside. For example, keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved and follow directions from the farmer.

Who's working on this project?

Karen Shelley-Jones

Karen Shelley-Jones

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Our partners

  • Farming Life Centre