Farmers will play their part in restoring protected sites and landscapes, says CLA

Farmers are “determined to play their part”, says the CLA, as an initiative launches to recover nature across the country

Freshwater Bay and beyond

The CLA says farmers are “determined to play their part”, as an initiative launches to recover nature across the length and breadth of the country.

Led by Natural England, the Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership, brings together representatives from over 600 organisations to drive forward the restoration of protected sites and landscapes and help provide at least 500,000 hectares of new wildlife-rich habitat across England from doorstep to landscape, as set out in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

Creating new habitats
The Network will link together our very best nature rich places, restore landscapes in towns and the countryside and create new habitats for everybody to enjoy.

It is the biggest initiative to restore nature ever to be launched in England.

What it will do
The Nature Recovery Network will:

  • Restore 75% of protected sites to favourable condition so nature can thrive.
  • Create or restore at least 500,000 additional hectares of wildlife-rich habitat outside of protected sites.
  • Recover our threatened and iconic animal and plant species by providing more habitat and wildlife corridors to help species move in response to climate change.
  • Support the planting of 180,000 ha of woodland.
  • Deliver a range of wider benefits, including carbon capture, flood management, clean water, pollination and recreation.
  • Bring nature much closer to people, where they live, work, and play, boosting health and wellbeing.

Partners in the scheme
The partners, including the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as well as groups such as the Council for Sustainable Business, Wildlife and Countryside Link, National Parks England and RSPB, alongside Defra, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission, will be providing a wide range of support including funding and land to be restored. Today Natural England is calling for even more organisations to be part of the initiative – those already giving their support include Coca-Cola, Network Rail and Severn Trent Water.

Bridgeman: Uniquely placed to drive environmental recovery
Mark Bridgeman, President of the CLA, said,

“As a partner of the Nature Recovery Network Partnership, we recognise there is no time to lose. The public can see the impact of biodiversity loss and climate change with their own eyes, and quite rightly they expect us to act.

“As stewards of the countryside, landowners are uniquely placed to deliver meaningful programmes that will drive environmental recovery, and we are determined to play our part in meeting the challenges ahead.”

What is the CLA?
In the South East the CLA represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses in Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight.

For more information about the CLA and its work, visit the Wevbsite and follow @CLASouthEast on Twitter.

News shared by Michael on behalf of Country, Land and Business Association. Ed

Image: Lison Zhao under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 6th November, 2020 11:49am



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This sounds great, and very like the Wildlife Trusts’ ambitious plan, launched a year or more ago, to create networks of habitats for wildlife. Yet can this be the same government leading this initiative that is currently hellbent on driving through environmentally harmful development and undermining local planning democracy: oil fields and unaffordable housing estates swallowing up the countryside, and HS2 destroying ancient woodland across the country?

I have interviewed (several times) the ecological teams on the route of HS2 in Buckinghamshire in the last 6 years. They are passionate about minimising any damage and ensure absolutely habitats are not destroyed. And at Bletchley Flyover on the Varsity Line reinstatement where I am the photographer in residence, work was stopped for 5 weeks from mid September on span 27 due to a pair of… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? The evidence is overwhelming; HS2 is an unneeded enormous environmental and economic error. As the HS2 Action Alliance say: “HS2 will have a devastating impact on precious wildlife and biodiversity. … HS2 will pass through or adversely impact over 130 protected wildlife sites, including 10 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over 50 ancient woodlands, many over 400 years old.”… Read more »
The magnificent 250 year-old Cubbington pear tree, near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, was cut down very recently to make way for HS2. It was voted England’s Tree of The Year in 2015 and was the second largest wild pear tree in the country. Many people campaigned hard to save it, but this government prioritises unsuitable development over the natural world and has no respect for trees that… Read more »
Benny C
I’ve looked hard at HS2. It’s benefits are significant but that comes with equally significant damage. It’s more efficient and less impactful than expanding air travel or the road network overall. We are growing and we need more transport capacity. There is no way to expand without some form of price. That must be balanced against the long term. Delivering economic growth into Birmingham, for instance, will… Read more »

As far as the Island is concerned, let’s hope they raise their combined voices in objection to the proposed development at Westridge Farm in Ryde for the ruination of nearly 150 acres of viable farmland and the destruction of a families livelihood as well as numerous other greenfield sites on the Island in the sight of the misguided planning department in the IWCC.

There is also another, more hidden, re-advertised application for Branstone Farm: “Application No: 20/01160/FUL Parish(es): Newchurch Ward(s): Arreton And Newchurch Location: Branstone Farm Studies Centre Branstone Newchurch Isle Of Wight PO36 0LT Proposal: Demolition of farm buildings; proposed residential development of 42 dwellings (affordable houses) & garages, new rural business units, reading shelter, allotments, Biodiversity Park, new vehicle/pedestrian access onto Hale Common, closure of existing access that… Read more »

Apologies for typo: “plenty”!


Can I suggest you lobby Clare Mosdell about this as I think she is the Ward member of this area on the Council and she has made her opposition to the Westridge Farm development public.

Benny C
A good start would be a chat with their fellow farmers on the island who leave used plastic wrap all over the place around Merstone, who leave piles of old machinery gently draining pollution into our water system, whose oversized vehicles damage verges create huge skid marks on narrow roads as they take emergency action triggered by their excessive speed, who spray flowering fields (outside the guideline… Read more »