Sharing our farms with wildlife
From a start in 1993, when a 40-acre field was bought at Barton, Cambridgeshire, the CRT has acquired through purchase or gift ten properties in different parts of England. These total almost 1500 acres and include arable and livestock farming, smallholding, woodland and orchard.
The Countryside Restoration Trust aims to encourage and restore the native wildlife and traditional appearance of these properties alongside practical farming and land management.
We endeavour to show the public how its food is produced; farmers to see how profitable farming is compatible with conservation; and conservationists to learn some of the difficulties faced by farmers. In addition, we hope to demonstrate to Government farming and conservation schemes can be extended for the greater pleasure of us all. It is an example which many throughout Britain will be able to follow.