Making public goods pay – new research shows that £3 billion minimum is needed for nature friendly farming

Today, alongside the RSPB, and The Wildlife Trusts – we have published landmark independent research on future agriculture policy – Paying for Public Goods from Environmental Land Management. This research suggests that at least £2.9 billion is needed to support farmers and land managers to play their part in helping to meet existing UK commitments…

Let’s make environmental commitments a reality through new farm support system

On Thursday 14th March, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, Patrick Begg, spoke at the Westminster Forum on Food Nutrition. Below is what he had to say on making the Governments’ environmental commitments a reality. Today I spoke at the Westminster Forum on Food Nutrition on what we’ll need for Government environmental promises to become…

Committee passes verdict on Agriculture Bill: our reaction

Today the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has released its report on the Scrutiny of the Agriculture Bill. Here’s an outline of our views on some of the key recommendations from the Committee. Our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, Patrick Begg, has already commented on the report, saying: “The Committee is right that, above all else,…

Innovating farming with the Small Robot Company

Today we’re at Countryfile Live, along with hundreds of other farmers, land managers and conservation organisations who all share our vision for a healthy, beautiful and productive natural environment. Along with the Nature Friendly Farming Network, that we’re a member of, the Small Robot Company will join us in the National Trust area.  Here, we…

Preserving and enhancing natural capital post-Brexit

Patrick Begg, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director is discussing next steps for UK agriculture policy at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar today. Patrick gave a speech on the benefits of a natural capital approach – you can find his entire speech below. Good morning.  I want to spend a few minutes…