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North Northumberland farmers are top of the league for adapting to the environment management policies introduced in the late 1980s.

Monday, 17th September 2018, 9:00 am

Berwick Rotarians were made aware of their hedge planting, their woodlands and their ability to adapt to change. Guest speaker was Patrick Playfair, who has been at the forefront.

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The decision to pay farmers for the opportunity led to a cultural change and was designed to save threatened wildlife species and raise quality of soil. More payments will be introduced by the Government in 2024.

Rapid advances had been made in improving water quality, and there were wide options. The progress of technology had been remarkable and driverless machines were already operating, with many relying on green manures to raise standards and crops.

For the future, Mr Playfair said there would be more woodland planting, rainwater capture and recycling.