Launch of the Manifesto for High Nature Value Farming in the UK


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Date: November 25th 2013

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm

Room: Grand Committee Room

The APPG on Agroecology co-hosted a meeting with 3 other APPGs:  the Conservation & Wildlife APPG, the Biodiversity APPG & the Hill farming APPG, to bring together politicians, High Nature Value (HNV) farmers, farming organisations, academics, the food industry and interested NGOs to celebrate and raise awareness of High Nature Value farming across the UK. The event saw the launch of the Manifesto for HNV Farming, which can be read here.

This event, co-chaired by members of 3 of the APPGs: Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Angela Smith MP and Huw Irranca-Davis MP. The meeting provided an opportunity to hear more about the concept of High Nature Value farming with the launch of the ‘Manifesto for HNV farming’, and discussion about how we can support our most valuable farming systems to ensure the survival of our most threatened wildlife and cultural landscapes.

The meeting heard from High Nature Value farmers from the four UK countries, along with speakers: Pat Thompson, Senior Uplands Policy Officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Gwyn Jones, Chief Executive, European Forum on Nature Conservation & Pastoralism.

Audio Files:

Chairs’ Introductions: Sue Miller, Angela Smith and Huw Irranca-Davis introduce the meeting

Pat Thompson (RSPB): Introduction to HNV Farming

Download Pat’s slides at the bottom of this page

Patrick McGurn, Northern Irish farmer

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Sorcha Lewis, Welsh farmer


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Chris Clark, Yorkshire farmer

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Ronnie Eunson, Scottish farmer

Gwyn Jones, European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP)

Download Gwyn’s slides at the bottom of this page