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Link vision puts nature at the heart of plans for farming

15 September 2015

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s new vision of farming fit for the future, published today, brings together the views of 20 conservation and nature groups, including Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, National Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust and WWF. The vision calls for a dialogue between farmers, Government and civic society to put a healthy natural environment at the heart of the Government’s developing plans for a resilient and productive food and farming system for the next 25 years.

In response to the launch, Graeme Willis, senior food and farming campaigner at CPRE, said:

“CPRE has welcomed the new Government’s commitment to develop plans for the long term for our food and farming system and for the natural environment. Link’s new vision is timely. There is no better time for an open and honest conversation about what is needed to put farming and nature on a long term sustainable footing.

“We know that a healthy, prosperous farming industry is critical to the restoration of our natural environment. Equally, all should recognise that a healthy natural environment is essential for farming, not least so it can be productive, resilient and can face the numerous and difficult challenges ahead.

“The Government’s plans are at an early stage but this is an opportunity for it to commit to integrating its plans for nature and farming and to develop a genuinely joined-up framework, one that Defra is given the powers to enforce across Government. In a climate of continued austerity and with severe cuts across many departments, it makes absolute sense to examine how public funds and public policy, fair regulation, tax and incentives, research and education can all be put to work to build a food and farming system that can restore nature, protect natural capital and underpin the prosperity of rural livelihoods for a very long time.” 

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