Join the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and Groundswell Agriculture to explore the opportunities and issues around landowner collaboration at a landscape-level. With schemes springing up across the country and the proposed higher tiers of ELMS payments looking like they will prioritise such collaborations, we look at the subject through three existing schemes with distinct approaches.
Water: Water quality is perhaps the most established approach with many water companies proactively working with landowners to clean up water courses. We hear from Daniel Poole of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT), PFLA members, who will discuss the CWT relationship with South West Water and how it is delivering for both parties.
Biodiversity: The rewilding initiative at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, also PFLA-certified, has received lots of attention since it launched. Less well known are their exciting plans to link up with other landowners in the area. We hear from Charlie Burrell who will take us through these plans and on progress.
Chemicals: Maria Spink, a PFLA-farmer member in the Chilterns, is leading on a local initiative with the Berkshire, Berkshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust to establish a zone within which the use of chemicals is eradicated. This collaboration is in its early days and Maria will take us through the story so far and the hurdles being encountered.
This discussion will be chaired by Sue Pritchard, a PFLA member from Wales, who is Chief Executive of the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission (FFCC). The FFCC are currently developing a land use framework for the UK, which is being positioned at a county level, and will be developing policy recommendations.
Each panellist will present for 10-15 minutes and we’ll then have time for extensive Q&A. Sue will be bringing her expertise to bear in this section too and we expect a lively discussion.