Many farming activities are central to conserving our landscape, biodiversity and built heritage. These include:
- Maintaining hedgerows and field patterns
- Grazing by sheep or cattle
- Allowing Brent geese to graze agricultural land when eelgrass is in short supply
- Reducing shore poaching by livestock
- Woodland management
- Retaining barns used by bats and owls
- Maintaining high water quality in streams
- Retaining wetlands
- and much more
There are pressures for more intensive food production but it is hoped that biodiversity, wetland and rough grazing habitat, and the crisscross pattern of hedges and field boundaries overlaid on the drumlins, which are such a strong feature of the landscape, can be maintained.
New opportunities are emerging for artisan food production and some farms are finding niche markets with local food outlets and restaurants. Some farms have also diversified into accommodation, garden centre and activity provision.
There is also scope to support and highlight the work of many farmers and landowners to conserve and promote our heritage, from hedgerow and wetland habitats to traditional gate posts and windmills.