A recent report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed that famers, who are committed to schemes which protect the natural environment, tend to receive additional benefits as a result of this.
Improved income, additional employment opportunities and better social networks are among the advantages available through environmental farming schemes such as the Environmental Stewardship (ES) programme.
Poul Christensen, chair of Natural England, commented: "This report confirms the value that is delivered by Environmental Stewardship. Not only is it securing tangible benefits to farm businesses and the environment but it is also strengthening rural communities and sustaining local jobs."
The ES scheme has invested money in farming and delivered an additional £64.7 million to the economy as a result.
Through this investment, the scheme is able to offer farmers and contractors the opportunity to improve their skills during training sessions and also ensures that landscape and wildlife are protected.
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