Our Natural World

Nature friendly farming

Manchester Veg People

There is immense value in nature friendly farming with benefits not just for the recovery of wildlife but also for our health.

There is a growing body of farmers leading the way in using innovative approaches to farming that produces food at the same time as restoring nature and allowing soils to recover. This has helped to create a window of opportunity to demonstrate the value of nature-friendly farming that will also help to increase biodiversity lost as a result of current farming practices.

What we want to achieve

Impact goal

Sustainable and ethical food

Long term outcomes
  • The benefits, including health benefits, of sustainable farming are widely recognised
  • Farmland wildlife and biodiversity is restored
  • The status of other species on farms is better understood and recovery is underway
  • Soil health is restored, soils contain more carbon and chemical usage has been reduced
  • Working with nature on farms makes good business sense and is widely demonstrated and accepted
  • More people have access to and buy locally produced food

If you are interested in applying for funding on under this priority, please see our guidance for support.

Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Supporting a widespread transition to nature friendly farming

Laurence Scott, a Funding Manager in Esmée's Our Natural World team, writes about our support for nature friendly farming and how it can be part of a better food system that is positive for nature and communities.

Find out more
Unlocking change



You might be interested in

  • Bannau Brycheiniog, Wales

    Blue Spaces – Wales: our approach to assessing expressions of interest

    Earlier this year, we launched Blue Spaces – Wales, with an open call for expressions of interest for projects that support communities to improve their local freshwaters. Jenny Wheeldon, Esmée’s Freshwater Partnerships Manager, shares our approach to assessing applications and what’s next.

    Read more
  • AR-2022-frontpage

    Annual Report and Accounts for 2022

    Our 2022 Annual Report gives an overview of our operations, funding and investments during the year.

    Read more
  • RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission report

    Invitation to Tender: review of Nature friendly farming

    We're looking for someone to carry out a review to inform how we deliver our Nature friendly farming strategy.

    Read more