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Author agrees to meet farmers after controversial comments

An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.

George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.

He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.

Farmers rally round to help those hit by flooding

by Hannah McNulty

The flooding in the south of England is a story that's dominated the headlines for weeks now. While the attention is often on people and their homes, a story less often reported is the impact it has on the farming community.

Cumbria and southern Scotland has had its own share of flooding problems and farming is a major part of our industry. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been speaking to those trying to help.

If you want more information about the Eden Valley Young Farmers collection then email amyswin1@hotmail.co.uk

Farming community rallies round to help those hit by flooding

The farming community in Cumbria and southern Scotland are collecting supplies for famers in the south of England hit by flooding. It's part of a national appeal to help those in the Somerset and surrounding areas who have suffered widespread damage to their land and livelihood.

Lauderdale Hunt in the Borders is one of those taking part in the collection of food and supplies. Timothy Coulson is Master and Huntsman:

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Dogs suspected to be behind sheep attack

WARNING: Some people may find some of the images below upsetting.

Two of Alan Clark's sheep were attacked by dogs last week Credit: ITV News Border
The sheep were left with serious injuries to their heads and necks Credit: ITV News Border
Mr Clark has been asking dog walkers to keep their pets on leads Credit: ITV News Border
Esme from Windermere says she'll always have her dog on a lead now after talking to the farmer Credit: ITV News Border

Farmer urges dog owners to keep pets on leads

A farmer in Bowness on Windermere is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead after two of his sheep were attacked.

Alan Clark's pregnant ewes needed stitches after a dog attack last week.

The National Park is considering moving the footpath and creating a fenced-off bridleway - which some locals don't want - because this the third attack in three months.

Farmer's distress over sheep attack

A farmer has spoken to ITV Border over the distress he felt after two of his sheep were attacked.

Alan Clark found two of his pregnant ewes with severe wounds to their heads after being attacked in one of his fields on Glebe Road, Bowness on Windermere.

Police believe the attacks have been by dogs who have been off leads, unattended and allowed to chase sheep in fields.

"I feel they're pretty callous people that can just walk away and leave something suffering and not reporting it to anybody. I think they should have at least done something about it. They might have phoned somebody - even if it was just the RSPCA. They could have done it anonymously. I don't know what else to say about them really - it just makes you... quite upsetting."

– Alan Clark, farmer
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