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Looking after farmers as well as the land : Guest blog by Heidi Saxby

I recently read a fascinating paper exploring how farmers gain personal benefits to their wellbeing, from taking part in projects which help wildlife on farms – in this case a project to help conserve rare cornfield wildflowers in North Yorkshire. I contacted the author Heidi Saxby, and this is a blog she has written on […]

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Loss of Sheffield trees is more than just a bit of greenery gone: guest blog by Jane Wilkinson

Many people have heard about the “battle” to prevent a Local Authority contractor cutting down some of Sheffield’s trees as part of a road maintenance contract.  National newspapers, charities,  celebrities, and local protesters have all decried the loss of the trees; as well as the tactics of the contractors, security staff and, lately, the police […]

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Guest Blog: Why Taxpayers need a “housemate agreement with Farmers. By Vicki Hird.

  The dreaded ‘red tape’ and interference in farm decisions under the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is why many UK farmers voted ‘leave’. But I aim to justify the uncomfortable but necessary complexity we will need to cope with after Brexit when we have a new contract or agreement between farmers and the taxpayer. […]

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A Pebble in the Pond – new report launched on the future of farming, food and nature after Brexit

  Today we are launching our first policy report: Pebble in the Pond, Opportunities for farming, food and nature after Brexit. You can download the report here Here’s a summary As England prepares to leave the EU we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way we support England’s land managers.  This […]

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