The new theme of the Farming Investment Fund, announced yesterday, is welcome support for farmers who are fusing new technology with traditional methods as part of the regenerative agriculture movement, said the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT).

Danielle Dewe, Chief Executive of the CRT, said: “On the Countryside Restoration Trust's (CRT) Pierrepont Farm in Surrey, new technology is fused with traditional knowledge to run a productive and wildlife-friendly farm. The robotic dairy allows the award-winning Jersey herd to be milked when needed, and ankle tags track important information like their health and location, so the cows are free to go between the pasture and the dairy as they please. It’s welcome news that the Government is funding farmers across the country to invest in helpful technology such as this. Alongside the robotic dairy, our fantastic conservation volunteers from the local community have helped plant new hedgerows and trees across Pierrepont to provide important habitats for birds and mammals, linking farming and wildlife.”