Nature Friendly Farming

Field margins are great for wildlife

We're working with our farming tenants to investigate new, practical ways of delivering support for farmers that achieve greater environmental results and are more rewarding for the farmers and other land managers that deliver them.

In 2017, we set out ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on all the land in our care. We aim to create or restore 25,000 hectares of new habitats by 2025 - the equivalent of more than 33,000 Premier League football pitches. These include threatened habitats like chalk grassland and arable field margins.

By 2025, our ambition is that at least 50 per cent of our farmland will be 'nature-friendly', with protected hedgerows, field margins, ponds, woodland and other habitats allowing plants and animals to thrive. By 2030, all of the National Trust’s estate will achieve Net Zero, including the creation of 18,000 hectares of woodland.

Supporting sustainable farming will be crucial for these plans to succeed. On our tenanted land, we achieve our aims by finding common cause and working in partnership with our tenants. We benefit from our tenants’ wealth of knowledge and experience, it grounds our work in the practical realities faced by rural business, and it makes what we do relevant beyond our estate.

A male skylark singing in flight

Nature-friendly farming methods allow biodiversity to flourish at Wimpole 

Nature and soil health are flourishing at Wimpole Home Farm near Cambridge according to the results of a full ‘health-check’ into its biodiversity, carbon levels and levels of public accessibility.

Cattle grazing at Kearney

Nature friendly farming in action 

Read some examples of how we're working with our farming tenants to investigate how nature friendly methods can help deliver both a profitable business model and the restoration our natural environment needs.

Greylag geese on Orford Ness

Our plan to restore nature at our places 

Find out more about our ambitious plans to restore nature at our places, creating 25,000 hectares of new wildlife habitats by 2025.

Friendly cattle grazing coastal fields, Cape Cornwall

Seven of our most nature-friendly farms 

All over the country our wildlife is in trouble. But here are seven of our farms where our tenant farmers are working to bring nature back

Nature friendly farming at Conygree Farm, Gloucestershire

National Trust joins launch of Nature Friendly Farming Network  

We are calling on the UK and devolved governments to support nature friendly farming policies post-Brexit.

Wicken Fen - Lapwing close up

Where have all the lapwings gone? 

Our wildlife and the lives of future generations are at risk unless we change the way we farm our land. Peter Nixon, our former director of land, landscape and nature, explains why.