Due to a consistently growing population the need for farming and the production of food has never been greater. The population has a growing expectation for quality and ethically sourced meat and produce, which has lead to a higher interest and greater support for local farmers and growers alike.
Our British farmers work extremely hard not only in producing food, but also to protect and enhance millions of hectares of British countryside, trimming hedges, maintaining footpaths, protecting watercourses and managing wildlife habitats, whereby over 70% of English farmland is currently managed under agri-environment schemes,
The Lizard Peninsula is a unique part of Cornwall, where much of the land is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or SSSI site. Linking The Lizard Countryside Partnerships main objective is to protect and enhance the Lizards diverse flora and fauna, for future generations.
There are many rare species present on the Lizard, including rare Clovers, rushes and the Cornish Chough. These species depend on farming, particularly the grazing of marginal land, in order to flourish and prosper.
Linking The Lizard Countryside Partnerships aims to work alongside our local farmers, in order to discuss land management schemes specifically tailored to the individuals land and land use.
The NFU represents the interests of the many farmers and growers on the Lizard who have expert knowledge of their land, sometimes spanning back for many generations. This knowledge along with the support of the NFU and Lizard Partnership will hopefully bring a symbiotic relationship between farming and conservation on the Lizard peninsula, which will protect and enhance the area for future generations and the future of our local farmers.
Published: April 2014
Author: Sofia Valles (Assistant Group Secretary, NFU West Cornwall)