Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at the National Trust, said: “We welcome Defra’s announcement today that the new agri-environment scheme will build on the existing approach. But the proof it is working will be the money which flows into rebuilding our most fragile soils, slowing down and improving the quality of water, and re-connecting threatened habitats and wildlife. With limited funding available it will be more important than ever for Defra to ensure that support nurtures landscape-scale restoration and recovery as well as securing the future of individual protected sites.
“In the light of recent catastrophic floods, which have washed away so much precious, fertile soils, Defra must also follow through on its promise to make direct subsidies as ‘green’ as possible. This means ensuring management protects the fundamental, natural building blocks which allow wildlife to thrive and great food to be produced. A competitive future for farming is dependent on securing these natural foundations.”
To see the full announcement made by Farming Minister, George Eustice, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-environmental-scheme-for-farmers-to-prioritise-biodiversity