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Apply now: Fully funded Natural Flood Management course

The NFFN and the Flood Innovation Centre are offering a new interactive workshop programme designed to help the farming community understand, identify and implement Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions. This specialist course is fully funded and delivered online, see our eligibility criteria for more information.

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NFFN NI - Free carbon & biodiversity auditing for NFFN members

With COP26 highlighting the urgency of action needed to keep 1.5 degrees of warming within reach, the contribution required from the farming sector can't be overstated. This is why we're delighted to announce that NFFN Northern Ireland has been awarded funding through DAERA's Environment Challenge Fund.

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Rethink Farming - James Robinson

James farms at Strickley Farm, a 300-acre organic dairy farm that has been free from artificial fertilisers or pesticides for the past 16 years. James’ approach to supporting nature includes planting woodland, leaving areas of grassland ungrazed, maintaining sensitive hedgerow management and fencing off watercourses to improve water quality, so there is less silt and soil from his cattle on the banks. His farm's hedgerows are seven miles long, some 20-22ft tall.

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Rethink Farming - Sorcha Lewis

Sorcha farms within a conventionally managed landscape at Troedrhiwdrain in Wales. As upland farmers, Sorcha, and her husband, Brian, farm with nature to retain a traditional balance and to support biodiversity across their farm.

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Rethink Farming - Helen O'Keefe

Meet Helen who runs Middleton Croft in Sutherland in the Northwest Highlands. Earlier this year, she won the Scottish Crofting Federation's Young Crofter of the Year award for her multi-hyphenated approach to crofting. She launched a local collective food hub and embraces small-scale horticulture and sheep rearing using regenerative approaches that are well suited to her croft's diverse landscape spanning ancient woodland, hills, wetlands and grasslands.

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Rethink Farming - A Practical Guide for Farming, Nature & Climate

Our Rethink Farming report highlights the golden opportunities for climate action and shares stories from farmers who are working to secure a prosperous, resilient future.

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Northern Ireland: Simon Best wins Arable Farmer of the Year 2021

NFFN NI’s steering group member, Simon Best, has won this year’s Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year award. Simon farms at Acton House Farm near Poyntzpass and his 465ha of arable land consists of feed wheat, winter and spring milling oats, oilseed rape and beans.

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Scotland - 'It’s Not The Tree, It’s The How'

Kirsty Tait, Scotland's Sustainable Farming Lead, explores why woodland creation targets should be carefully balanced between commercial and native tree planting to encourage the best benefits for climate, nature and rural community.

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Q&A with farmer Alywin Pillai - Scotland's newest steering group member

Alywin is an environmental lawyer and partner in family-run Kinclune Estate and Organic Farm, who farm with nature on 1100-acres. We caught up with Alywin to hear more about her farming approach.

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Conservative Party Conference - The Future of English Farming

A panel discussion with NFFN's UK Chair, Martin Lines, and Sustain's Head of Sustainable Farming Campaign, Vicki Hird, at the Conservative Party Conference showed government interest in food and farming at an all-time high with welcomed recognition for the need to improve ELMs and a focus on better market-driven support

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Uniting farmers who are
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Latest News: Funding Success

NFFN are delighted to announce that we have been successful with our funding application to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Over the next three years this funding will enable us to expand the network to reach more farmers, strengthen our movement for farming with nature and continue to have a powerful voice with decision makers. Many thanks to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for their continued support.

What is the Nature Friendly Farming Network?

We are a group of farmers who have come together to champion a way of farming which is sustainable and good for nature. We come from a range of backgrounds big and small, organic and conventional and are passionate about ensuring our countryside is productive and bursting with wildlife. We hope you will join us to help highlight that farming and nature can go hand in hand. The network is open to farmers and the public alike and there is no cost to join. The NFFN will raise awareness of nature friendly farming, share insights and experience and work together for better policies for food and farming.

This is a critical time for agriculture policy in the UK. Decisions made post-Brexit could ensure that British farming secures a sustainable future and does far more to help nature to survive and thrive. The Nature Friendly Farming Network wants to help its members have a strong voice in these important policy debates. We also want to inspire the public about a future where farmers and nature work hand in hand. We believe that by working together we can learn more, inspire more people and have a greater influence.  We hope that you will want to join us and sign up to our manifesto.

For more information you can email us at:  info@nffn.org.uk

Our Manifesto

The landscape in the UK is shaped by farming. Yet not all change in recent times has been desirable; soils have been depleted, water courses degraded and nature has struggled to cope with the pace of change. We have seen declines in over 600 farmland species over the last 50 years. However, many farms are bucking this trend. Soils are being restored, nature is thriving and if more follow this lead we can reverse these declines. With over 70% of the UK being farmland, we need to act now to deliver for wildlife at a landscape scale.

This manifesto seeks to unite the many farmers who are passionate about wildlife and sustainable farming by providing a collective way forward: creating a nature friendly farming network.

Nature Friendly Farming Network

  • Our network will engender a strong community which will provide a strong voice for regenerative nature friendly farming
  • We believe agriculture needs to be profitable and sustainable, and farmers should receive adequate payments for undertaking environmental and nature friendly activities
  • We are committed to demonstrate to the wider public what farmers can do to help wildlife, the environment and climate whilst still producing plentiful quality produce
  • We will seek to build markets for nature friendly farming products
  • We will encourage transparency in food supply chains to allow people to make informed sustainable food choices
  • We will demonstrate to decision makers the value of sustainable nature friendly farming to ensure there is support within government and the supply chain
  • We are committed to securing farming policies that support wildlife, sustainable agriculture and fairness for farmers
  • We will work to end damaging policies and practices and secure the multiple benefits of sustainable nature friendly farming
  • We will build a knowledge base, share research and offer advice, support, and training
  • We will explore innovative and improved ways of achieving agronomic, environmental and social benefits, whilst retaining valued aspects of tradition

Act now and join the farming movement for positive policy change in support of nature and sustainable farming.

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Benefits for Farmers

The Nature Friendly Farming Network provides a platform for members of the farming community to share their knowledge, attend training and events and spread the benefits of sustainable nature friendly farming at a national level. The community of like minded farmers can shape policy, take advantage of social media promotion and increase support for sustainable farming techniques. Joining NFFN is free.

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We would like to invite anyone interested in sustainable farming or environmental protection to join us and help ensure a sustainable environment for ourselves, our friends, our families and future generations. Joining NFFN is free.

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