Rural & Green Economy

Vineyard by ARCH

Nature provides food, fuel and timber. The cultivation of these natural products relies on biodiversity and ecological processes which maintain water quality and supply, soil quality and pollination of crops. Land needs to be managed to support these services provided by nature that are essential to productivity. For example provision of habitats rich in wildflowers and reducing use of pesticides will support the insects required for pollination of crops. Avoiding compaction of soils will help retention of water and soil erosion from water run-off.

  • The £6,600m which UK farmers generate each year could not be produced without the help of ecosystem services such as water purification and regulation, soil fertility processes and pollination
  • The value of pollination to UK agriculture is £440m per year – 13% of the total value of agriculture
  • 84% of European crops and 80% of wildflowers depend on wild insect pollination
  • The absence of flowers throughout the landscape is a major factor limiting the number of insects available for the pollination of wild flowers and crops

What’s the Partnership doing?

We have commissioned a study to evaluate the contribution that innovative rural land use makes to the natural environment across Kent.  The study’s recommendations will serve as a starting working point for the Rural & Green Economy delivery group.

The report is available from here