National Trust joins launch of Nature Friendly Farming Network
The Real Farming Conference in Oxford saw the launch of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, a group of more than 100 farmers with a new vision for British agriculture that works alongside nature. The Trust is a part of a group of conservation charities supporting the network.
The independent organisation, NFFN, is calling on the UK and devolved governments to support nature friendly farming policies post-Brexit. This will help restore British wildlife, reverse declines in soil quality and manage the impacts of climate change, as well as growing affordable, healthy food.
The Nature Friendly Farming Network believes that post-Brexit agriculture policy should:
- Help all British farmers to produce safe, healthy food at the same time as helping our soil, landscapes, rivers and wildlife to recover and flourish.
- Maintain and redirect farming payments towards mainstreaming nature friendly farming across the UK.
- Recognise that the shift towards a more nature friendly approach is not just good for wildlife but is key to the long-term survival and success of British farming, delivering broader benefits to the public, including flood protection, water and air quality, and access to thriving natural landscapes.
Over 70% of the land in the UK is farmland. The NFFN aims to unite farmers who are passionate about wildlife and sustainable farming and who want to deliver rapid progress towards a future in which wildlife on farmland recovers and thrives. More than 4,000 farmers across the UK are already committed to nature friendly farming with encouraging results for biodiversity, soil health, water quality, air quality and species that were formerly on the brink of extinction.
The Network is welcomed by a range of environmental and conservation charities including Soil Association, National Trust, Woodland Trust, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife and Plantlife.
Farmers can join the NFFN by visiting www.nffn.org.uk