Cat Rowland CPRE Digital Engagement Officer
Research on food security by the CPRE, the countryside charity, finds that almost 14,500 hectares of England’s best agricultural land been lost to development since 2010 -that’s enough land to grow 250,000 tonnes of vegetables a year! They are calling on the government to introduce a land use strategy that protects prime farmland and safeguards food security. You can see more at: watch our video.
This year, National Hedgerow Week takes place 17-25 September. The theme is raising awareness of the benefits of hedgerows. Not only do hedgerows provide vital habitats for an array of wildlife, but they improve soil quality and capture carbon from the atmosphere. But nearly 50% of our hedgerows have been lost since the end of the Second World War. That’s why the countryside charity is calling on the government to increase the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050.
To mark the week the CPRE will be handing in their #40by50 hedgerow petition. You can help them reach 40,000 signatures in time for the hand-in by signing and sharing the petition with your family and friends.