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Government unveils plans to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England

Environment Secretary George Eustice has unveiled the next stages of the plan to reward farmers and other land managers for actions which benefit the environment - supporting sustainable food production alongside vital nature recovery and work towards net zero.

Defra is introducing three complementary environmental land management schemes: the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery.

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, the Environment Secretary set out how Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery will play an essential role in halting the decline in species by 2030, bringing up to 60% of England's agricultural soil under sustainable management by 2030, and restoring up to 300,000 hectares of wildlife habitat by 2042. Read the transcript of the Environment Secretary's speech.

The Environment Secretary also announced that applications will shortly open for the first wave of Landscape Recovery projects. Up to 15 projects will be selected, focusing on two themes – recovering England’s threatened native species and restoring England’s rivers and streams. Read the full announcement on GOV.UK.

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