Brexit and the future of farming

The National Trust is playing its part in shaping the future of farming in the UK. Here we take a deeper dive into the issues and some of the projects the Trust is currently working on.

Saddlescombe Farm, West Sussex

Our views on future farming policy 

As a farmer and landowner we engage with government policy on the future of farming and the natural environment.

Nature friendly farming at Conygree Farm, Gloucestershire

What we think about the Environmental Land Management system 

We've shared our views on the Government's proposed new farming policy.

New House Farm on the Malham Tarn Estate in the Yorkshire Dales

Trialling how potential new farming policy can help nature 

We're working with several partners to test new approaches to help shape future government farming policy.

Trees reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire, in May

New income streams for farming 

Find out about how we're developing new proposals for supporting green land management.

Calf grazing outdoors

Making public goods pay 

Our research with the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts shows that nearly £3 billion is needed to support nature friendly farming.

Wheat grown at Wimpole

How our ideas for future farming policy have developed 

In 2016 we outlined our initial asks of a new Government farming policy. Since then we've worked with others to develop those asks, backed up by our own experience, research and test and trial projects.

Field margins are great for wildlife

Nature Friendly Farming 

Across our estate, we work with our farm tenants to find ways to deliver for nature as part of a sustainable and profitable farm business.

Row of lime trees at The Argory

A 25-year plan for nature 

We welcome the government's plan to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment over the next 25 years.

Wild flowers in the grassland at Swan Barn Farm, Surrey

Hilltop farms need public support to turn a profit 

Farms without public support on average make losses of more than £20,362 a year, according to a report on the profitability of hilltop farms, funded by RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts.

River Derwent

Riverlands: how we keep our rivers flowing 

Rivers are the lifeblood of our landscapes, but now they’re in trouble – and so is the wildlife that depends on them. We’re determined to reverse this decline with an ambitious restoration project to bring our rivers, streams, brooks and becks flowing back to life.