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Hill Farming in Crisis

Making a Difference for Hill Farmers


  • Buy more British wool products.
  • Buy British lamb meat.
  • Write to Members of Parliament to ask if they can help through the government.
  • Tell lots of people to support British farmers by buying British produce.

What we did

  • We looked at over 15 causes before choosing making a difference to hill farmers in crisis. We live in rural County Durham. Hill farmers near us are really struggling.
  • We split into groups to look at hill farming in more detail. Each group had to present their findings to the class so that we all learnt from each other.
  • We found out that the 3 main problems affecting hill farming were: the weather, crops not growing and wool prices. We found lots of newspaper articles about the difficulties.
  • We raised money to help the hill farmers. There are lots of other things we could all do to help. Why not read the rest of our case study to find out how you can help!

It is 50p for one fleece of wool. Farmers lose money as shearing the wool costs more than this.


Pure wool is 100% natural, 100% renewable, 100% sustainable, 100% biodegradable. If you love the planet - use more wool!


It costs the farmer £1.50 to clip one sheep. The farmer only gets 50p so that is a loss of £1.00.


Key facts and fundraising tips

Our biggest tip for fundraising is to know your facts about your cause. If you know a lot about the cause then you can persuade others to care about it too!

Look at the problem in detail and then the possible solutions. Get into groups to make decisions and then feed back to your class. 30 heads are better than 1!

Find organisations that can help you. We found the County Durham Community Foundation had an interest in hill farming. We also found out about the Upper Teesdale Agriculture Support Services. They have set up a ''helping hands'' project to help farmers with work on their farms. During bad weather extra hands are very welcome!

We intend to buy more British products to help our farmers. Could you help us with this aim?

Published: Feb 2014

Categories: Community development

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