Farming and Land Management

We recognise that good management of the landscape depends on the viability of farming.

Our policies support farm businesses and diversification in a way which should also help deliver environmental objectives. Read our position statement on farming and land management further down the page.

A letter from a farmer

CPRE Gloucestershire member and farmer Jeremy Chamberlayne wrote to us about the recent BBC documentary Extinction: The Facts.

“I watched the David Attenborough programme – ‘Extinction: The Facts’, with the eye of a muddy boots farmer, who has been a CPRE member for twenty years. It should be required viewing for every politician in the land. We all need to own the problem. In the whole of my lifetime, human activity – basically consumption of food, all consumables and travel, has piled pressure on the whole ecosystem.

CPRE is about the protection of rural England, but this is a complex and difficult issue, touching all aspects of national life and it does not fit with conventional levels of consumerism. And, as the film emphasised, it is a global issue. If we buy biodiesel made from palm oil, we are part of the destructive process ourselves.

UK farming has a lot to offer to improve our local ecosystems and our carbon footprint. We have some great role models, but we can only do this if UK farming can survive financially, with our markets protected from cheap food imports, from countries with much lower levels of environmental protection and where virgin land is being brutally cleared for agriculture.

So, to protect rural England and the world ecosystem, we need to protect British farming, which not only feeds us, but manages our landscape.”

‘Extinction: The Facts’

“With a million species at risk of extinction, Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.

Last year, a UN report identified the key drivers of biodiversity loss, including overfishing, climate change and pollution. But the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss is the destruction of natural habitats.

Our destructive relationship with the natural world isn’t just putting the ecosystems that we rely on at risk. Human activities like the trade in animals and the destruction of habitats drive the emergence of diseases.”

Watch Extinction: The Facts on BBC iplayer here

Save Our Food Standards

A campaign by Bite Back 2030 is calling on the Government not to allow low quality food imports in our trade deals with other countries.

Their campaign video featuring Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, Chetna Makan and Joe Wicks amongst others, asks you to vote for a better food system by writing to your MP using their template letter.

Watch the video 

Email your MP using the template letter