Counting on … day 358

24th October 2022

Liz Truss was dead set against solar farms but it is not a sentiment shared by those who farm the land. Mark Tufnell, the president of the Country Land and Business Association told The Gaurdian: “We  have members who say these are temporary sites if needs be, they are then able to concentrate on growing more food on their other land. The solar would be on their less good land, and … if that is what they so choose to do, why shouldn’t they be allowed to do it?” He added that the land was not lost to agriculture as the sties were easy to remove, and the area could be grazed with sheep. “There is no reason as to why the area underneath it couldn’t be grazed with sheep, but it could also provide very good habitat for farmland birds and increase biodiversity so help the environment.”

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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