The CRT was established in 1993 by the late farmer, journalist and conservationist, Robin Page and artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield. The initial aim of the charity was to buy intensively farmed land with declining wildlife numbers and restore it to create a living countryside.

As the Trust has grown, we have evolved and broadened our vision to create a living, working countryside. By using sensitive and wildlife-friendly farming practices we aim to regenerate, encourage and protect wildlife and the landscape, whilst producing high-quality produce.

We purchase or inherit farmland and woodlands where traditional farming methods, wildlife habitat and biodiversity are under threat, and introduce our practices with the support of our wildlife monitors and volunteers.

CRT farmers pay rent (commercial conservation rates) set at a level to allow them to farm in a wildlife-friendly way. Much like grants from Government or EU conservation schemes, this varies and is dependent on how farmers to choose to help nature – whether by reducing fertiliser use, cutting grass-for-hay late in the season, or replenishing livestock at a reduced rate.

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