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WATCH: row over Lyth Valley draining plans

Watch Fiona Marley Paterson's full report on the Lyth Valley.

Flood defence pumps at the Cumbrian beauty spot are to be turned off - local farmers are concerned, but conservationists have backed the move:

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Row over Lyth Valley draining plans

The Lyth Valley. Credit: ITV Border

A row has broken out between farmers and conservationists over flood defences in the Lyth Valley in South Cumbria.

The Environment Agency is due to switch off four pumps, which keep the land drained, and farmers and landowners are keen to find a way to run the system themselves.

But conservationists argue that continual drainage will lead to more wildlife being lost.

Lyth Valley one of 'most beautiful places on Earth'

The Lyth Valley in Cumbria has been featured in a book showing the most beautiful places on Earth.

The Lonely Planet's Beautiful World aims to show the vibrancy and diversity of the world.

The book’s description of the valley is:

“The unspoilt Lyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green.”

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