The Guardian newspaper has this piece with a bit more information about the new Environmental Land Management scheme.
If you prefer to have it straight from the horse's mouth, here's the Government's own. Let's hope that the proposed Farming Investment Fund, 'which will support innovation and productivity.', will support the Farm Clusters Peter Thompson spoke so inspiringly about. They say, 'This will open for applications next year and will be used to offer grants for equipment, technology and infrastructure for the future.'
Or will they come under one of the ELMS's three 'components' - the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Local Nature Recovery or Landscape Recovery? All sounds a bit confusing.
We can but travel hopefully. Meanwhile, it seems to me a lot of local fields are lying fallow instead of being ploughed. Perhaps they always have, but equally, maybe they're looking after their soil.
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