Reimagining County Farms, 2020-2021

We reconvened most of the team who worked together on the Reviving County Farms project (CPRE and the New Economics Foundation) to work on this follow-up project to create a collaborative vision for the future of council farmland in England.

The aim is to do some further research into the issues raised in our previous Reviving County Farms report, and hold a series of workshops of different stakeholder groups, such as new or prospective entrants, tenant farmers, and surveyors/local authority staff to discuss what they would like to council farmland to look like and be used for in 2040, and what were the barriers and opportunities to getting there. 

CPRE, NEF and Shared Assets, supported by an Expert Advisory Panel, will then bring all these ideas together in a cohesive vision which reimagines council farmland as delivering a range of social and environmental goods for local authorities, new entrants and the wider local community. The vision will be disseminated and publicised widely through a communications strategy, including events, with the aim of shifting local and national policy around council farmland. 

This project is jointly funded by Farming the Future and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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