Trust ‘must work with tenants’

As the National Trust launches a new £1billion, 10-year strategy to ‘protect the countryside’, the NFU says it is vital it works with its tenant farmers during the process.

The Trust this week unveiled a report in which it promised to ‘nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the decline in wildlife’.

It also said it would develop new economic models of land use and do more to safeguard green spaces.

NFU tenants national spokesman Chris Cardell said: “I would ask that the National Trust work with their tenant farmers and key stakeholders such as the NFU on any key environmental management schemes which they might develop as a ‘whole estate approach’.

“This must be carried out at the beginning of the process.

“It is also important that any new management commitments are made clear to new tenants in their letting particulars.

“For this strategy to work, the partnership between the National Trust and its tenant farmers is ever more important.”