The Stepping Stones project* would like to find out about the links between farming, tourism and conservation. The project area covers the Stretton Hills, Long Mynd and Stiperstones areas. If you run a tourism business in or near this area, we'd love to hear your views. They will help inform the support we can offer to farming & tourism businesses in the Shropshire Hills.

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes.

*The Stepping Stones project aims to address the decline in wildlife, natural habitats and environmental quality within the project area by addressing the causes and reasons of this change.

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* 1. Is your tourism business part of a farm, estate or agricultural land holding?

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* 2. Do you employ anyone who lives or works on a farm/farming estate?

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* 3. If yes in what capacity

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* 4. Do you buy local food or drink direct from a local farm, estate, farm shop or farmers' market, for use in your business?

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* 5. If yes, please list (if very numerous, a summary would be fine) and tell us where you buy from.

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* 6. If you have any other links with local farms e.g. use of farm buildings, organise farm visits, activities which take place on farmland, or any other sorts of joint working, please provide some details.

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* 7. Does your business support any local conservation projects or activities in any way?

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* 8. How interested do you think your visitors would be in finding out more about local farms and farming in the Shropshire Hills?

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* 9. Which of the following do you think would be of most interest to visitors to the Shropshire Hills (tick any three)?

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* 10. Do you think there's any scope for your business to work with farmers/landowners to provide or supply any of the above type of activities?

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* 11. Can you think of any other ways tourism and farming in the Shropshire Hills could work together more closely or develop beneficial links? Please describe

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* 12. What kind of business do you have - please tick all/any that apply

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* 13. Please provide your business name and location. Your details are being collected by Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership on behalf of the National Trust for the purposes of research only. They will not be shared with any third party, including the National Trust and will only be kept until the survey analysis has been completed.  They will be kept in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Many thanks for your time. For more information about the Stepping Stones Project or if you'd like a copy of the results of this survey, please contact Andrew.Hearle@nationaltrust.org.uk
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