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Farm Clusters

More than 85 per cent of the South Downs National Park is farmland and two-thirds of this – 93,561ha of land – is managed through some kind of agri-environment scheme, currently funded by the EU CAP, to support land managers who farm in a way that also benefits wildlife and the environment.

What does this nature-friendly farming look like?

In the South Downs a promising testing ground is ‘farm clusters’. These are groups of farmers, land managers, foresters and other local partners who join together to secure funding and benefit the environment in ways that they wouldn’t be able to achieve alone.