Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 182: Natural England on farming and food security

This week, will government targets to protect 30% of UK land leave enough left to maintain UK food security?

We try to find out by asking the head of agriculture at Natural England, the government’s landscape agency.

See also: What next for Natural England’s protected landscapes plans?

We know agriculture is part of the problem when it comes to climate change – but how can farmers ensure it is part of the solution too

What options are there for farmers to we make agriculture fairer, more equitable and more inviting for women?

We discuss the launch of a new Farmers Weekly‘s campaign – and explain how you can take part by completing our Level the Field survey.

Oxford University professor Sir Charles Godfray shares his thoughts on how UK farmers can reduce emissions while remaining profitable.

And King Charles uses his 75th birthday to launch the Coronation Food Project to reduce food waste and help tackle food poverty.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Louise Impey and Abi Kay.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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This is the second year of ‘Put Down Roots’ – Defra’s national tree planting campaign – which encourages farmers and landowners to create woodland using Woodand Creation grants. 

This year the campaign spotlights the England Woodland Creation Offer, which is administered by the Forestry Commission, plus a variety of regional grants delivered by various Woodland Creation partners across England.

The campaign highlights the benefits of woodland creation; including improving land, enriching biodiversity and the wider environment, and the potential to generate additional income.

To find out more about the Woodland Creation grants and support, visit

Or for information on how to get paid for wider environmental benefits, consider the Sustainable Farming Incentive:

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