With farmland making up two-thirds of our countryside, farming is responsible for so much more than the food we eat. We need to support farming that puts back habitats for wildlife, provides fresh air and clean water, stores carbon and looks after the landscapes that make our countryside so special.

CPRE's vision for the future of farming

Farming - farmers stall copyright CR CPRE

Supporting Local Farming Photo: © GR CPRE

Increasing food production while protecting our natural resources is one of the biggest challenges we will face over the next fifteen years. We need to learn from the past and capitalise on recent successes. It is essential that Government, the farming industry and environmental organisations work together to ensure farming can provide us with the high quality food and countryside we depend on’. So begins CPRE’s Vision for the future of farming and where it will be in our centenary year 2026. The vision sets out goals:

  • livestock are kept in good welfare conditions
  • food produced to high environmental standards
  • the UK grows around 50% of all orchard fruit purchased
  • local food enterprises are thriving
  • there are fairer milk prices for dairy farmers
  • green farming schemes have made enormous advances
  • there is much better use of by-products from timber-processing

The vision also states how that vision will be achieved.

For more information on CPRE’s Vision for the future of farming click here

Tractors (copyright Lizzie Bannister)

Tractors (copyright Lizzie Bannister)

CPRE has joined farmers and environmental charities to agree on a set of principles for the future of farming. We hope that will help farmers and environmentalists work together more effectively to create sustainable farming that works for people and nature while helping us resist climate breakdown.  To read more, go to

Six inches of Soil

Six inches of Soil is a documentary feature film currently being filmed nationwide by a Cambridge-based team, which will feature, among others, two farms based in Cambridgeshire. The film tells the story of British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, benefit our health and provide for local communities. To find out more visit