In this area Natural England’s aim is to ensure that land is managed in a way that delivers environmental services effectively and alongside other benefits, including food production.
A major focus of our evidence programme (substantially funded by Defra) is on ensuring that the development and delivery of Environmental Stewardship (ES) is evidence based and that we monitor the effectiveness of ES in delivering environmental outcomes. The programme also includes wider research on sustainable land management in other habitats such as woodland. Defra have recently decided to broaden the scope of their ES evidence programme to encompass other aspects of environmental land management including soils. We will in future be working with Defra to support the delivery of this wider evidence programme.
For information on projects related to this work area please see the following pages on the Evidence Register: