The debrief: How Sussex farmers have made a return to nature pay

Cited in the government’s 25-Year Environment Plan, the Knepp Estate in Sussex has allowed free-roaming animals to shape the land into a mix of habitats. James Fair reports on this pioneering project

Tamworth pig and two short horn cattle

Livestock such as Tamworth pigs and longhorn cattle were introduced to provide ‘dynamic’ habitat restoration, such as spreading seeds and disturbing soil to aid germination

When your business is farming, how you make money out of not producing food is a conundrum. And this was even truer 20 years ago, when instances of landowners diversifying into glamping and petting zoos were far less ubiquitous than it is today.

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