Double the budget for nature-friendly farming, and re-introduce the requirement for farmers to comply with basic ecological standards (cross-compliance).

75% of Cumbrian land is farmed, so there’s no way of addressing the nature crisis, climate change, or flood risks without working with farmers.

The current £2.4 billion UK farming subsidy budget should be doubled to incentivise nature-friendly farming, and recognise the huge public value that the agricultural sector can provide for health and wellbeing, access and recreation, and cultural heritage.