22 December 2000

Bishops plea for farming

THE Bishop of Guildford has urged the government to foster the "good will and confidence of those who give their lives to food production."

As part of his parting speech as president of the Surrey Agricultural Society Bishop John Gladwin called on the government to come up with a clearer strategy to manage change in the countryside.

"The countryside is not just for wealthy businessmen to live in a rural idyll," he said.

"It is a place of work, it is a community where ordinary folk need services to make their lives possible – transport, education and employment. The land needs managing and the land needs to serve the interests of all." &#42