Farm­ing will help en­vi­ron­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

THE area’s most trea­sured land­scapes are the fo­cus of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts through a green farm­ing scheme. The new ap­proach to en­vi­ron­men­tal farm pay­ments an­nounced by Nat­u­ral Eng­land fo­cuses on threat­ened wildlife and valu­able her­itage, in­clude the chalk land­scapes of the North Downs across Kent. Farm­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to co-or­di­nate con­ser­va­tion work and sign up to un­der­take sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties on their land through Higher Level Stew­ard­ship schemes. There are nu­mer­ous events to ex­plain the scheme to farm­ers. The first is at Ash­ford cat­tle mar­ket on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 9, from 8.30am. An­other is planned for the Kent show­ground in Detling on Jan­uary 27. Alan Law, Nat­u­ral Eng­land’s South East re­gional di­rec­tor, says: “We want to in­crease take up of en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment across a larger scale. If land man­agers within the same area un­der­take sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as wet­land restora­tion, cre­at­ing sky­lark plots or main­tain­ing tra­di­tional or­chards, this will nat­u­rally help speed up the re­cov­ery of our much-loved land­scapes and wildlife.”

A lob­ster on the beach

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