The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is supporting biodiversity week, as part of the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN)’s ‘Rethink Farming’ campaign.

As new members of the NFFN, the CRT joins farmers across the UK who have a passion for sustainable farming and nature, and we look forward to contributing to their mission to secure positive changes in policy, including how farming is supported by the public.

We were pleased to provide the NFFN with a case study of the wildlife-friendly farming at the CRT’s Lark Rise Farm in Cambridgeshire. Managed by tenant farmer and CRT Trustee, Tim Scott, Lark Rise is a fantastic example of farming practices that are productive, profitable and kind to wildlife. Read the details of this case study here. The extensive experience and knowledge of our tenant farmers and in-house Wildlife Monitors helps us to use case studies like these to contribute to conversations about biodiversity and sustainability within the farming community.

The CRT welcomed the opportunity to sign a joint letter to the UK Government, calling for farmers to be supported through ambitious policies that reward the public goods they deliver while increasing wildlife habitats, ensuring clean watercourses, improving air quality, building healthy soil and improving carbon storage. This letter was co-signed by the NFFN, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Compassion in World Farming, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Woodland Trust, Soil Association, Plantlife, National Trust and Sustain.

We are now in the second and final week of COP26, where the United Nations is convening world leaders to discuss climate targets. We support the NFFN’s call to action that the climate and nature agendas should go hand in hand.