Mark Pope, Chair of the Environment Forum with the National Farmers’ Union spoke at the conference on How we will work with AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards to deliver public goods post Brexit.
National Farmers’ Union – Environment Forum Chair
Mark is the NFU’s Environment Forum Chairman and farms 700 acres of arable land in the BlackdownHills AONB, Somerset. Mark recognises that the environment is key to farming’s productive potentialand is actively engaged in agri-environment delivery.
Following the Somerset floods in 2013/2014, Mark and other farmers have participated in an initiative to put in place interventions to ‘slow the flow’ of water in the landscape.
Mark is also involved in hosting and arranging school visits to farms in the county and by the end of this year will have had over 2000 school children out on visits, showing how environment benefits can be integrated into and delivered on commercial farms.