Farming and National Park Purposes

Agricultural land makes up by far the largest proportion of land area within the Brecon Beacons National Park and farming is an integral element in the development and maintenance of the current landscape and many of the habitats within it.   It is strongly embedded within local culture and continues to make a significant contribution to the community through income generation and employment provision.  It is therefore important for the National Park Authority to work in partnership with farmers and landowners in order to achieve National Park purposes.

 

Most land within the Brecon Beacons National Park is owned and managed by individual landowners and farmers.  Even though The National Park Authority owns a significant area of land, amounting to approximately 45,000 acres, most of this is common land and therefore its management is subject to its use by those with commoners rights, especially grazing with livestock.  The farming community therefore have a significant role to play if the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park is to be conserved and enhanced.  Partnerships will also have to be made to enable the promotion of understanding and enjoyment of these special qualities by the public.  The Authority should also support farming where possible as it has a duty to foster the social and economic well being of local communities.