Nature lovers across East Anglia have been urged to share the “unknown, unsung and unfunded” wildlife projects in their gardens, communities and landscapes to give social media momentum to a new conservation movement.
A lull in the property market during the coronavirus pandemic has created pent-up demand for farmland – with the lockdown prompting some potential buyers to “pursue a change in lifestyle and escape to the countryside”.
East Anglia’s farming leaders have welcomed a government pledge to create a trade and agriculture commission as a “major step forward” in the campaign to protect the industry from cheap, low-quality food imports.
Farmers and landowners shouldn’t wait for the government to fund all their nature conservation ambitions – and consumers must also be prepared to change in order to help them reverse East Anglia’s wildlife “crisis”.
More than a million people have signed a petition urging the government not to undermine British farming standards by allowing cheap, low-quality foods like chlorinated chicken to be imported under new trade deals.
A wildly ambitious 50-year project has been launched to make East Anglia “one of the world’s great nature reserves” – by inspiring every section of our society to pledge 20pc of their landscape to wildlife.
Farming leaders have urged the government to delay the transition away from EU subsidies and offer immediate assistance to rural businesses with their environmental payments during the coronavirus pandemic.
Two vast tomato greenhouses being built in Norfolk and Suffolk will become a “bankable template” for another 41 sites across the country – putting East Anglia at the forefront of a low-carbon farming revolution.
East Anglia’s rural economy – and the countryside communities who rely on it – need to be protected from the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic says CATH CROWTHER, East regional director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).