Climate Change Champions – Pioneer in carbon capture

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Finding innovative ways to reduce emissions and capture carbon seem to be a family pursuit for Thomas Gent. CPM visits their Fenland farm to explore the system that inspired Gentle Farming. No one really knows how to sell carbon until you set your mind and just do it. By Tom Allen-Stevens

Caught in the light coming through the half-open workshop doors, the Weaving GD8000T is an impressive piece of kit. But it has two curious additions – a hay rake tine wheel has been attached at each end of its 8m span. “You always find something’s being modified or adapted whenever you come in the workshop,” says Thomas Gent as he inspects the additions. “These move the swath of straw so we can get the cover or catch crop drilled as soon as the harvester leaves the field without having to wait for the baler to arrive – the combine header’s also 8m wide,” he explains. At 24 years old, Thomas calls himself a ‘child of regenerative agriculture’. “The farm here has been following it for 12 years, so it’s all I’ve ever known. Put me on a plough or cultivator and I wouldn’t know what to do…

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...