Free signs help farmers to show green conduct

Farmers and land managers across England are being offered free signs to show they are protecting the environment and wildlife on their farms in support of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE).

The signs, which are being supported by agri-business Syngenta, can be used by growers to show that they are pursuing key target options to enter entry-level stewardship (ELS) and embracing the campaign's voluntary measures.

Since its launch a year ago, the CFE has been endorsed by the wider industry, which is keen to promote the importance of managing farmed environments voluntarily. It recognises the work that farmers and land managers already do to encourage wildlife, benefit soil and water resources and support farmland birds. The campaign also promotes existing schemes, such as ELS, that benefit the environment, while ensuring efficient and profitable food production.

Syngenta wanted to show its support because the CFE strives to achieve the environmental objectives shared by its own project, Operation Pollinator.

Farmers involved in the project establish and manage pollen-rich habitats in key locations on their farms. Many of the measures and options promoted by the CFE and Operation Pollinator alike are located on margins near to public footpaths so the signs will also help the public understand why these wildlife areas exist.

Syngenta head of public affairs Luke Gibbs said: "We are delighted to provide these signs to promote to the public the work being done by farmers through the CFE."

More than 60 beacon farmers will be the first to receive a farm sign. However, all farmers and land managers can request their own signs by emailing or calling 024 7685 8536 and providing details of how they are taking part in the CFE.

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