Fair to Nature was set up by Bill Jordan in 1989 and began as an arable initiative. During 2020, the RSPB has worked with farmers to broaden the standard. It can now be applied to all farm types; livestock, dairy, cereals, mixed cropping and horticultural.
Fair to Nature farmers manage 10% of their farmed land to support wildlife, including unproductive areas and existing habitats such as ponds and new woodland. The scheme also supports regenerative agricultural practices for carbon, water, soil, nutrient management, livestock husbandry and integrated pest management.
As certification, it is designed to be a gateway to, and deliverable through, government environmental support schemes. And, by linking farmers to Fair to Nature contracts when they become available, there is the potential for a premium over market prices.
Download the Fair to Nature Leaflet here to find out more.
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