Britain’s wildlife is in trouble, with more than half of species in decline. As the nation’s biggest private landowner, the National Trust is playing their part in addressing this dramatic slump. They are setting out ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on their land by creating 25,000 hectares of new habitats by 2025. They plan to create and restore ‘priority’ wildlife habitats on 10 per cent of their land, including habitats ranging from arable field margins to chalk grasslands. By 2025 the National Trust’s ambition is that at least 50 per cent of their farmland will be ‘nature-friendly’, with protected hedgerows, field margins, ponds, woodland and other habitats, allowing plants and animals to thrive. Supporting sustainable farming will be crucial for the plans to succeed, which will involve continuing to work closely with the National Trust’s 1,500 farm tenants.
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National Trust and many partners, including farm tenants.