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Farmers can deliver a greener future, but they must be given the tools to do so

Farmers already do so much to preserve our countryside, and there is more they can do, but they must be given the tools they need by Government, says High Peak Conservative MP Robert Largan.

Reversing decades of devastating biodiversity loss is an essential part of our responsibility to secure the future of our countryside.

 

Since the 1970s, there has been a 68 per cent decline in global wildlife populations.

 

This is a global challenge, but there is action we can take at home to tackle this issue, with the help of our hardworking farmers who do so much for the environment.

 

It is good news that the Government recognises this fact and has committed to protecting an additional 400,000 hectares of land in England.

 

This newly designated land, around 4 per cent of the total land in England, will join national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas.

 

Protected

 

The result being that 30 per cent of the entire landmass of England will be protected land.

 

This is a positive step to enhance biodiversity across the country, limiting our impact on nature and preserving our natural heritage for future generations.

 

Protecting our beautiful countryside is a key priority for me.

 

That is why I am proud to have helped secure a significant increase in funding for the restoration of our moors through the Nature for Climate Fund.

 

It has been energising to see this work being carried out first-hand. I recently lent a hand, planting sphagnum moss locally, which plays an important part in re-wetting the peat bogs.

 

Risk

 

This reduces the risk of flooding and fire, as well as improving water quality and increasing carbon capture.

 

Nature-led solutions to climate change are crucial to the task of hitting net zero by 2050.

 

It was also a pleasure to establish the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Peak District with colleagues from across the region.

 

Sarah Fowler, the chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, attended our inaugural meeting.

 

This cross-party group will be working with local businesses and communities, including farmers, to find ways of improving the local area.

 

Properly

 

As welcome as this approach is from the Government, I will be following this issue very closely to ensure it is done properly.

 

This means the Government must work with the farmers who play a fundamental role in preserving the British countryside.

 

After all, maintaining robust food standards goes hand in hand with environmental protection.

 

In Westminster, I have been speaking up for constructive engagement between the Government and farmers.

 

Rebelled

 

After I rebelled against the Government over the Agriculture Bill, I was pleased to see the International Trade Secretary establish the Trade and Agriculture Commission to help trade policies secure new opportunities for British farmers.

 

By working together, we can deliver a greener, cleaner future for Britain’s countryside.

 

That is why I will keep pushing the Government to protect farmers and give them the tools they need to maintain and improve our natural heritage.

 

Robert can be found tweeting at @robertlargan

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