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Farming Post Brexit

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CRT Trustee, Robin Maynard, offers his take on the current Brexit situation…

The farming community overwhelmingly voted for Brexit – with polls conducted by Farmers’ Weekly, AgriChat and others consistently showing nearly 60% of farmers wanted to leave the EU, giving their reason as wanting to ‘take back control’.  With 55% of total farm income in the UK coming from the EU single farm payment and other agri-environmental support schemes, that majority vote suggests farmers believed that they could survive and thrive, producing goods for sale on the free-market without any such hand-outs.

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Cambridge company shows support

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The Countryside Restoration Trust was very grateful to be the chosen recipients of a £500 donation, on Friday, from local company, Global Inkjet Systems.

GIS are a leading developer of industrial inkjet software, drive electronics, components and services, based not far from the CRT headquarters in Cambridge.

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Lark Rise Volunteers at work

Calling all Rustics!

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The Cambridge Rustics will once again be meeting on Saturday 13th at Bird’s Farm 9.30am and you are invited!

Our hardy volunteers will be given the choice of what they would like to help with, out of the following:

  • Clearing ivy and brambles from around the Barns at Warners Corner
  • Pulling up ragwort als at Warners Corner
  • Continuing the Balsam Battle!

All are welcome!

Please bring appropriate tools (some provided) and of course gloves, if you are able. A Ploughman’s lunch will be provided, so please us know if you are planning on attending and if you would like lunch by emailing Drinks etc provided as usual.

Hope to see you!

Bere Marsh River

Bere Marsh Farm

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce, that following a long and arduous process, we have found an almost perfect farm in Dorset.

It has been quite a search, as the farm will be dedicated to the memory of CRT Founder-Trustee, Gordon Beningfield and therefore has to represent his passion for wildlife, the countryside and those that live and work within it.

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Turnastone Farmhouse

Turnastone Festival Cancelled

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We are sorry to announce that due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this year’s Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife at Turnastone Court Farm, that was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26th June.

We are very disappointed and will ensure that we can secure a date as soon as possible, on which we can hold next year’s festival.

If you would like to receive information about forthcoming CRT events, please sign up to our e-newsletter by clicking here.

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Bird Watching

Join the Dawn Chorus

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Up with the Lark…? (or the wren, Lapwing dunnock, robin, blackbird, yellowhammer, chaffinch, linnet….)

Join Dr Vince Lea, our resident wildlife monitoring officer and bird expert, for a stroll round Lark Rise Farm, Barton, at the crack of dawn to hear the sublime sounds of the sunrise songsters!

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Join the CRT team

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Are you interested in a career working at the UK’s leading charity promoting and campaigning for wildlife-friendly farming in a living, working countryside?

  • Do you have good knowledge of and proven interest in wildlife and farming?
  • Are you innovative and passionate about driving projects forward
  • Do have senior management experience?
Then you could be part of the next chapter for the Countryside Restoration Trust. Read More


Cowslips turn Lark Rise a shade of yellow

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“In the cowslip pips I lie, Hidden from the buzzing fly, While green grass beneath me lies, Pearled with dew like fishes’ eyes, Here I lie, a clock-o’-clay, Waiting for the time o’ day.”

When John Clare wrote the above verse in ‘Clock-O’-Clay’ he wouldn’t have envisaged the very sad and very substantial decline of the Cowslip. This beautiful flower, which was once commonplace, was sadly a victim of the advance in intensive agricultural methods during the 1970s. The loss of 95% of the country’s wildflower meadows has thus rendered fields full of Cowslips something of the past; something many of the CRT’s supporters look back upon with great nostalgia. Read More