As our resident farmer it has fallen on myself to bring to everyone's attention that the coming week is British Wool Week, the aim is to get people thinking more about wool as a product. Over the last twenty years wool as a clothing and manufacturing product has been in decline as synthetic materials have been more popular. This has meant farmers have got very little for the fleeces they take of the sheep each year, it costs around £1.50 to get a sheep sheared and the wool was worth less then 50p with the coarser fleeces like Herdwick being virtually unsalable. In the past much of the wool produced in the area went into products like blankets and carpets because it was very hard wearing but the fashion of laminate flooring and duvets has virtually killed of this trade.
|Man shearing Herdwick Ewe|
|Herdwick Wool Rugs|
|Herdwick Ewes wearing there trendy fleeces|
If you want to find out more about British Wool then follow the link below
The Campaign for Wool