Politicians turn out in force to support farming for nature

Last night over 50 politicians joined more than 35 farmers and representatives from over 20 NGOs to celebrate sustainable farming across the UK at a farmers’ market held in Parliament.  With the Agriculture Bill expected in the House of Commons this month, there was no better time to demonstrate the growing cross-sector consensus on the…

Initial thoughts on Defra’s vision for future farming policy

Following the launch this week of Defra’s consultation on future farming policy, our Senior Policy Programme Manager, Marcus Gilleard, shares our views on the Government’s vision, how that impacts the National Trust, and work we’re doing to contribute to the debate. Following hot on the heels of Michael Gove’s Oxford Farming Speech and release of…

Defra launches consultation on future farming policy

Today the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on the future of farming – Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit. The consultation gives an indication of the Government’s current thinking on farming policy after Brexit, ahead of the Agriculture Bill, coming…

MPs debate future agriculture policy post-Brexit

Today MPs will discuss the future of agricultural policy after the UK leaves the European Union. We, along with RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts, have outlined our views ahead of today’s Westminster Hall debate. In brief we’re calling for… Public money for public benefits: Farmers and land managers to be properly rewarded for the vital…