On Thursday there was a presentation at the Oxford Farming Conference by George Eustice who announced that there was to be a rewilding strategy set out by his Government. This is a call that has been promised for several years since the EU departure was being proposed. According to this piece in Channel 4 there will be up to £800m a year from the Government. Another piece came from National News here which stated
Britain’s ancient woodlands and wetlands are to be revived under a national rewilding scheme with farmers paid for environmental restoration in a major overhaul of the industry. In the biggest agricultural reforms in 50 years, landowners and farmers will be given state financing to plant trees and restore natural habitats under the new Local Nature Recovery project devised after the break from the European Union.
Here in Sussex one of the locations that is already well ahead of this idea is Knepp Wildland which is a 3,500 acre setting South of Horsham. We clearly need to promote the Knepp setting in Sussex and ensure that along with Knepp that other locations will be able to benefit from the funding.