Herefordshire CPRE is grateful to generations of farmers for their care of the landscape. Without care & management, the landscape would look very different today.
Modern farming is not easy. Many farms have had to diversify to survive, whether into tourism or seeking alternative ways to farm viably in today’s world.
Whilst the issues we campaign on are in the countryside, due to our remit, HCPRE is not anti-farming.
We laud and support those that find sustainable alternatives. There are many farmers out there working quietly to conserve wildlife and landscapes. “It needs to be understood that the view of farmers needing incentives to think of conservation is untrue” [Caroline Hanks, Farming Advisor at the HCPRE Autumn Conference 2017: Brexit, opportunities and risks for the countryside]
We do have concerns regarding the cumulative effect of Intensive Poultry Units within the county, over removal of ancient hedgerows and of the hectares of Herefordshire land covered with plastic polytunnels.