The UK now faces huge political change, and yet we are stuck while our parties of Government and Opposition decide who will lead them through these unprecedented times.

The political landscape may be changing on a seemingly hourly basis, but our job is to ensure that our physical landscape is not threatened by the potential loss of the protections and funds that have come from Europe over the last 40 years,

Many questions have been asked, but few satisfactorily answered, on what will happen to land designations, farm support payments and the additional funding that many of our family farms need to continue managing our environment and to protect those gains already made.

One certainty is that Friends of the Lake District has an important role in ensuring that Cumbria’s landscapes, and those who help manage them, have a clearly determined and secure future.

We will use our knowledge and experience to help shape the future landscapes – whether the political one in Westminster or the real ones in Cumbria and the Lake District.