Launch of the ‘Manifesto for High Nature Value farming in the UK’
Today farmers, farming organisations and environment groups come together in Westminster to launch a collective ‘Manifesto for High Nature Value farming in the UK’.
The manifesto supported by a wide ranging coalition of farming and environmental organisations , focuses on the many thousands of HNV farmers and crofters across the UK who choose to value nature as an integral part of their farm businesses and who manage some of the UK’s most important wildlife and cultural landscapes.
The manifesto calls on governments, HNV farmers and crofters, farming groups, environmental organisations and citizens to work collectively to ensure the very best support for nature in HNV areas across the UK.
The manifesto launch was hosted by the Agro-ecology All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Conservation & Wildlife APPG, Biodiversity APPG & the Hill farming APPG with the aim to bring together politicians, HNV farmers, farming organisations, academics, the food industry and interested Non Government Organisations to celebrate and raise awareness of HNV farming across the UK .
25th November 2013Download the Manifesto
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Presentations and Audio from the Launch event –
Introduction to High Nature Farming Event from APPG Chairs – Baroness Miller, Angela Smith MP & Huw Irranca-Davies MP
A Manifesto for HNV farming – Pat Thompson (RSPB)
Patrick McGurn presents his farm in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Sorcha Lewis presents their farm – Troedrhiwdraen Farm, Elan Valley, Wales
Chris Clark presents their farm – Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire NP
Video from Ronnie Eunson – Uradale Farm, Shetland
HNV farming – Lessons from home and abroad – Gwyn Jones (EFNCP)
 – The coalition of organisations includes a cross-section of farming and environmental organisations. The organisations include: Scottish Crofting Federation; South West Uplands Federation; Foundation for Common Land; Federation of Cumbria Commoners; The Campaign for National Parks; The National Association for AONBs, RSPB; Buglife; Plantlife; European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP); Butterfly Conservation, The Wildlife Trusts , Wildlife Trusts Wales, Scottish Wildlife Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Amphibian and Reptile Conservtion (ARC).
Photo credits: Farmer in Devon with Shetland sheep (Deborah Deveney), Great yellow bumblebee (Mike Edwards—RSPB Images), Farmer from Cornwall with South Devon cattle (Nick Tomalin).