Patrick Begg, National Trust Rural Enterprises Director, said: “Defra have done well to rescue the Common Agricultural Policy settlement from being a complete disaster for the natural environment. But for the long term our fears are growing: cash available to support greener farming will be less for the next 7 years and the legacy may be a further decline in the health of soils, water and wildlife.
“Analysis by Defra has showed that agri-environment schemes deliver the best benefits for the public and support a more sustainable long-term future for farming. Now, the challenge for Defra is to ensure that direct subsidies for farmers are as “green” as possible and that they follow through on the intention to increase funding for agri-environment from 2018.”
To see the full announcement made by Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, click here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/implementation-of-cap-announced