Rural Resilience and Business Support

The Farming Life Centre supports rural life in the Peak District, working with farmers and their families to help create more robust businesses and communities.  Our services are aimed at improving wellbeing and resilience and all our support is free of charge, impartial and confidential.

What business resilience services do we offer?

Practical business support:

  • Basic bookkeeping advice
  • Grant application trouble shooting
  • Guidance on livestock record keeping
  • Advice on preparing for audits (e.g. Farm Assurance)
  • Targeted workshops and forums
  • Signposting to support agencies

To find out more about any of our services call us on 07969951101 or email:  Visit our website at to keep up to date with the latest news from The Farming Life Centre.

February Online Rural Social Group

Our online Rural Social Group meeting is on Tuesday 23rd February at 2.00pm.

it would be great if you could Join us.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Rachel Metcalfe will be giving a short presentation about her new role at Derbyshire Dales CVS where she is project lead for the Community Voice project.

There will be time to have a chat and a general catch – up whilst having a cup of tea and cake!

We look forward to seeing you next week. If you have any problems please get in touch.

February Meeting 

The Land That Made Us

A beautiful book about farming history in the Peak District, by local writers and photographers Christine Gregory and Sheila Hine.

The Land That Made Us: The Peak District Farmer’s Story tells the tale of 80 years of farming in the South-West Peak – the area extending from Lyme Park in the north, to Onecote in the south, and from Macclesfield in the west, to Buxton in the east.

Sheila Hine and Christine Gregory have collected stories told by local farmers and land managers who have lived and worked in this landscape for generations.

The book includes tales of labouring in harsh winter weather in difficult terrain as well as memories of close communities where neighbours looked out for one another. People recount the challenges of working with changes in farming policies, the transition to new technologies, and speculate what the future may hold for their way of life in the South West Peak.

Speaking at the book launch at Heaton House Farm, Rushton Spencer on October 10 2019, Sheila Hine said: “We wanted to show how and why farming has changed and developed in this beautiful but often hard upland area and to show the hardship and difficulties as well as successes. We hope this book will help to foster an understanding and also be a record in time. It wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of our interviewees for which we thank them very much. It was often difficult for farmers to take time out so that we could actually do the interviews!”

Christine Gregory said: “It was a challenge to find a way through hundreds of thousands of words in the transcripts of something like 70 hours of interviews with over 30 farmers and land managers. Many of our interviewees articulated in moving ways, personal accounts of their own farming and family histories and together they present a unique insight into changes to our landscapes, wildlife and food production.

“The book is structured chronically and begins in the Second World War with memories of farming with horses and the government drive to dig for victory. What follows decade by decade are accounts of early days inside the Common Market, then the European Union and the impacts this has had first with

Our wonderful book is available to buy.  We can post it out to you at no extra cost for just £16.99. copy.

‘[An] excellent history of modern farming – the best I have come across precisely because the words are those of the farmers themselves and their families, who have lived through and are still living through its transformation.’ –from the Foreword by Colin Tudge, co-founder of the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the College for Real Farming and Food Culture.

Trustees Week 2 – 6 November 2020

Join the FLC Board of Trustees’ November 2020

Did you know there are roughly 700,000 trustees across England and Wales?

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity and play a vital role.  They volunteer their time and work together to make important decisions about the Charity’s work.

Trustees come from all walks of life and they really do make a difference.

Fancy joining our board?

For an informal chat please contact Rachel Metcalfe our Charity Manager:

Mobile: 07772 800963



FLC – Here for you despite COVID19

Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding Coronavirus some of our services remain curtailed.  However, in an effort to reach out to the farming community we are busy teaming up with agricultural related businesses and organisations to stage a series of talks for you to enjoy from your own home.  Most of these will be delivered via zoom so there will be an opportunity to socialise at the end for those who would like to chat.

Keep an eye on our news pages for dates and details of all our forthcoming talks.  As Government restrictions are eased we look forward to hosting future events in person.

Due to government advice regarding COVID 19 the Farming Life Centre has currently cancelled all Rural Social Group meetings, walks, 1-1 client visits and networking events.

Our office continues to be closed to the public but we are still working and are here at the end of the phone or email should you need us.  Please contact us via email: or mobile: 07772800963.  We are here to support our Farming and Rural Communities – If you or someone you know needs our support please get in touch.