National Trust response to George Eustice's speech on the path to sustainable farming

Press release
Starlings on farmland in North Pembrokeshire
Published : 30 Nov 2020

Read our reaction to a speech on the path to sustainable farming made by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Environment & Rural Affairs, Monday 30 November 2020.

Rosie Hails, Nature and Science Director at the National Trust said: "The agricultural transition plans are the start of a bright new future for our countryside, bringing to life the Agriculture Act and boosting nature’s recovery.  We stand ready to work with Government in refining and developing its approach.
“We are pleased that the new environmental land management (ELM) scheme sits at the heart of the Government’s future farming policy. This will need a robust new regulatory model and smart ways to integrate nature into farming businesses so that our farmers are in the strongest possible position as they head toward a world without subsidy for the first time in 50 years.
“However, it is critical that funds released from the phasing out of direct subsidies really are re-invested in sustainable farming which delivers genuine environmental benefit. We also need to see sufficient resource being deployed to fast-track the piloting of the wider environmental scheme, whilst creating the necessary supportive structures to help farmers adjust and prepare.”