The Fens account for around half of the most productive (termed “grade 1”) agricultural land in
Around 8-9% of fenland farmland is under environmental stewardship. In these schemes farmers are actively involved promoting wildlife on their farms for which they receive additional subsidies. In the
The new Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMS) will have a profound effect on the way the land is farmed and for farmers. It will bring challenges but also the new opportunities that could work for the land and the business. More information on ELMs
A challenge that is facing farmers and growers in the Fens who have areas of peat on their holdings and use to grow crops will be how to continue using those areas if they are productive and reduce the CO2 emissions. Research and work is being carried out by a number of organisations and information released when it becomes available. Fenland SOIL is a farmer led organisation that is working to help find solutions to this challenge.
Alternatively if the areas of peat are not productive due to issues with maintaining water levels, considering a change of land use to wetland that will create peat forming habitat and restore the remaining peat to a healthy ecosystem that sequesters and stores CO2 instead of emitting may be an option.
Commercial Glasshouse Production - For many years this sector has worked to develop circular systems and improve the carbon footprint of nurseries. New technology is providing more opportunities to achieve low carbon farming. Two new nurseries are being built, one in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Low Carbon Farming team set out to improve greenhouse heating systems to meet this challenge, and in doing so created a world first. Read more