Conserving the Quantocks after Brexit

The mist enveloped the trees as I set out on a walk through Great Wood in the Quantocks. The autumnal environment of multi-coloured trees set the scene but this was augmented by conifers, established as part of this Forestry Commission mixed woodland. The trees stood tall and proud, pushing their way up through the mistyContinue reading “Conserving the Quantocks after Brexit”

Subsidies…dare we predict the future?

If you type in the phrase ‘farm subsidies’ into any search engine news feed you will find multiple references to the super rich receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds in subsidy for simply owning land. Under our current format of payments, driven by the Common Agricultural Policy, landowners receive payments for being just that, landowners. TheContinue reading “Subsidies…dare we predict the future?”

Young Farmers, Brexit and Future Prospects

Earlier today an article I recently wrote on the prospects of young farmers in a post Brexit world was published by the Sustainable Food Trust. It was the result of a brief survey of young producers across the country and in many ways began to shift my opinion towards one of acceptance regarding Brexit. ItContinue reading “Young Farmers, Brexit and Future Prospects”

The future of the UK in the world – a personal view. Guest blog by Robert Seago

This post forms part of a series of guest blogs on thinkingcountry relating to the future of British agriculture and conservation in the light of Brexit. Over the coming months, the series will present a range of views relating to the future of British agriculture and environmental policy. In this post Bob Seago, a reserveContinue reading “The future of the UK in the world – a personal view. Guest blog by Robert Seago”

Brexit: an opportunity for farmers and conservationists to unite?

I am eternally optimistic that one day, everyone involved in the land sector will share my view that in order to bring about a thriving countryside, both economically and ecologically, farmers and conservationists need to come together in discussions as to how to manage rural Britain. We have a governmental department that supposedly seeks toContinue reading “Brexit: an opportunity for farmers and conservationists to unite?”