At the recent National Farmer’s Union conference the Conservatives’ ‘new age of agriculture’ strategy was launched by Shadow Defra Secretary Nick Herbert and Shadow Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister, Jim Paice.
There is a very welcome mention of the benefits of woods and trees in this policy paper. In particular the paper notes that planting rates have halved in the last ten years and commits to promoting ‘the benefits of trees on farmland in terms of both productivity and the environment’.
The Trust is pleased that this recognises the importance of woodland creation in the farmed environment. We feel this is another important policy document – to add to the Low Carbon Transition Plan, the Read Report, the Liberal Democrats’ Natural Environment Policy Paper ‘Our Natural Heritage’ to give just 3 examples - recognising the important role that woodland creation can have in delivering on a wide range of agendas.
We are looking forward to woods and trees gettting the priority they deserve at the general election… and beyond.
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