Today sees the launch of the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) at the Real Oxford Farming Conference. A group of over 100 farmers are launching the network, providing a vision for the future of British Agriculture post Brexit.
The independent organisation, chaired by Martin Lines who runs a family farm in Cambridgeshire, is calling on the UK and devolved governments to create a post Brexit framework that will enable farmers to grow affordable, healthy food whilst at the same time restoring British wildlife, reversing declines in soil quality and helping to manage the impacts of climate change.
Many farmers on the South Downs farm in a nature friendly way
The NFFN has a manifesto that seeks to unite and provide a collective way forward for the many farmers throughout the UK who are passionate about sustainable farming and wildlife. As well as bringing like-minded farmers together, the network also aims to secure positive policy changes as we plan our departure from the EU, demonstrate the diverse benefits that farming brings to our countryside, and increase support for farming and the wider benefits it provides by the general public.
The network has been welcomed by a range of environmental and conservation organisations including the Soil Association, National Trust, Woodland Trust, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife and Plantlife.
The NFFN is free to join and is open to both farmers and members of the public. Further details can be found on their website here.