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Farmland that could grow 250,000 tonnes of vegetables a year lost to development, CPRE research shows

Farmland that could grow 250,000 tonnes of vegetables a year lost to development, CPRE research shows

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Two million fewer people can be fed their five a day from vegetables homegrown in England as prime farmland lost to development Food security concerns increase, with 60 per cent of England’s finest agricultural land at the highest risk of flooding from climate change Almost 300,000 homes have been built on prime farmland – with […] Read more >

Last talk of our winter series focuses on the challenges of farming… and also the joys

Last talk of our winter series focuses on the challenges of farming… and also the joys

Monday 11 April 2022

The final talk of our CPRE Essex winter series, entitled Challenges of Farming: Past, Present and Future, was presented by Christy Willett, formerly billed on these pages as an AHDB farmer but who had in fact given up that role in 2020. No matter, she stressed her time with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board […] Read more >

Talk highlights how our farming environment can make a place for wildlife

Talk highlights how our farming environment can make a place for wildlife

Wednesday 16 February 2022

It’s fair to say that we could probably all do with a lift in spirits right now – and it duly came with the second in our winter series of talks. Rebecca Inman, of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, presented The Farming Environment to a Zoom audience of 33 participants, who showed their appreciation […] Read more >

Meet farmer Tom Bradshaw, the first speaker in our winter series of talks

Meet farmer Tom Bradshaw, the first speaker in our winter series of talks

Tuesday 18 January 2022

The first speaker in CPRE Essex’s series of winter talks is Essex farmer Tom Bradshaw, vice-president of the National Farming Union. Mr Bradshaw is a fourth-generation farmer from Fordham, near Colchester, and has a tremendous record in British agriculture, having chaired the NFU’s National Combinable Crops Board and represented it as chairman of the local […] Read more >

Join us at our AGM and listen to guest speaker from Essex NFU

Join us at our AGM and listen to guest speaker from Essex NFU

Friday 20 August 2021

The NFU’s Dr Jake Richards is guest speaker at this year’s CPRE Essex AGM. Dr Richards is county adviser to the Essex branch of the NFU (National Farmers Union) and has kindly agreed to join us for the event, being held on Saturday, October 2, via Zoom. It had been hoped initially to run the […] Read more >

Time to rethink our farming and save our soils

Time to rethink our farming and save our soils

Friday 28 February 2020

Alerted to a gardening article in the regional media singing the praises of a report from CPRE, the countryside charity, on the importance of our soils, we thought this would be a salient time to revisit it ourselves. The report, Back to the Land: Rethinking Our Approach to Soil, was published in December 2018 and […] Read more >

How we all stand to lose as our council-owned farms disappear

How we all stand to lose as our council-owned farms disappear

Monday 16 December 2019

Council-owned county farms are in terminal decline, which means future generations of young farmers – and our communities more broadly – won’t benefit from these wonderful assets, according to a new report launched today (Monday, December 16) by CPRE. County farms were set up at the end of the 19th century to provide a way […] Read more >

The digital world of crop production

The digital world of crop production

Monday 15 July 2019

David Knight, chairman of CPRE Essex, reports from a fascinating day learning about agricultural innovation At this time of year, it is difficult to walk, cycle or motor through the countryside without noticing the varied greens and quickly approaching gold of the cereal crops growing in the fields. However, how much do we all know […] Read more >