UK farmers invited to shape new Environmental Land Management scheme

Farmers and interested parties throughout England will have the chance to shape the future of Environmental Land Management (ELM) by taking part in one of six upcoming online webinars by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Following industry feedback on the disruption caused to the farming community by the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, the government paused the national conversation launched by Environment secretary George Eustice earlier this year at the NFU conference.

Six webinars have now been set up to ensure that farmers and others in isolation continue to have the opportunity to share their views on the proposed design of three “tiers” of entry, which will enable all farmers and land managers to participate in the new scheme at the right level, and help shape the new scheme.

While farmers are encouraged to sign up to and attend a webinar if they can, a policy discussion document on Citizen Space provides those who are unable to attend with the opportunity to respond to the new policy ideas.

Farming minister, Victoria Prentis, said: “I very much look forward to working with farmers and land managers across the country to develop the future scheme and discuss how it will work on the ground.

“Many farmers and land managers are already contributing directly to the co-design of ELM by participating in the ongoing tests and trials and they’re doing great work to explore how the building blocks of the future scheme are put together.

“This conversation is a chance for farmers and land managers to have their say and help shape our future approach to farming alongside caring for the environment. I would encourage all those interested to sign up to an event and have their voice heard.”

Those interested in attending any event are encouraged to sign up via Eventbrite. The full list of available dates is below:

  • Wednesday 1 July – 12:00-1:30pm
  • Tuesday 7 July – 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday 16 July – 8:30-10:00am
  • Thursday 23 July – 12:00-1:30pm
  • Tuesday 28 July – 8:30-10:00am
  • Thursday 30 July – 6:00-7:30pm

The policy document has remained available for review online since it was launched in February. Individuals and organisations that have already submitted a response will also be given the opportunity to review or reconsider this and resubmit their response to the document within the new timeframe for the conversation.

The deadline to share views on the document setting out policy ideas for the new scheme is 31 July 2020.

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