Nature Friendly Farming
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.