Agriculture and Business Environment
Land use patterns have changed quite significantly over the past few decades, as a result of technological innovation and economic aspirations. Agricultural activity contributed to the formation of the Peak District’s characteristic semi-natural landscape – grazing sheep and cattle, direct cultivation of land and agroforestry.
As a result of milder winters, hotter summers and more extreme weather events, patterns and sites for farming and forestry may have to be changed to guarantee an enterprising and sustainable economy. We support this and offer advice and support for the reconsideration of land usage.
The development of new businesses, especially office based ones, will be increasingly difficult as stricter legislation for estate development has to be considered due to the impacts of climate change on business owners.
Impacts of warmer, wetter winters:
- Risk of business premises being flooded, including farms (food storage and stalls)
- Waterlogged or flooded areas unviable for livestock grazing
- Livestock health affected, especially foot problems
- Livestock requires additional shelter to be protected from floods and severe weather events.
Impacts of hotter, drier summers:
- Reduced yield from agriculture, because of reduced soil moisture and fertility
- Longer ripening season for crops
- Insufficient amounts of water to sustain livestock
- Area of viable grazing land reduced because of droughts.