Securing the future for farming and the environment

Picture of a tractor on an asparagus farm at Formby, Liverpool

The Wildlife and Countryside Link coalition has said that the best way to secure a future for English farming after Brexit is to put the environment at the centre of any new agricultural policy.

Through the Wildlife and Countryside Link coalition, twenty seven organisations, including the National Trust, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and RSPCA, have said that the current rules governing farming subsidies, known as Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), are outdated and over-complicated.

They fail to adequately support and reward farmers for managing land in a way that benefits wildlife, helps improve water quality and provides flood prevention.

These organisations have backed new proposals for a Sustainable Farming and Land Management policy for England.

The proposed policy offers a positive vision for a replacement for the CAP after the UK has left the European Union (EU), and presents a compelling case for continued public investment in farming.

" We need to create a situation in which sustainable and forward-looking farm businesses can thrive and deliver what the nation and the public want, within a framework of protection and restoration of all aspects of our precious natural and historic environment."
- Patrick Begg, National Trust

The twenty seven organisations will use these proposals in their ongoing conversations with farmers, government and other stakeholders, and have urged the Government to use the upcoming Agriculture Bill to secure a policy in England that helps realise its ambition of restoring the natural environment within a generation.

" The Common Agricultural Policy has driven farming in England in an unsustainable direction for too long. We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to a ‘Green Brexit’, and his recognition of the key role that farming and land management can play."
- Jenny Hegarty, RSPB