How many ha’s/acres per year are being taken out of production across the UK due to development etc etc?

One thing to remember is, you don,t have to sell to developers, wasn't there a farmer down south somewhere that refused to sell his land to housing developer, the farm was surrounded by houses. Not sure if that,s still the case, he may have caved in, someone on here must know the farm.
Our village have been spoilt by very large houses that locals can,t afford, totally transformed the place, and not for the better, the developer grubbed out one field that had ancient orchard trees in it, no planning to do it, several months later got planning to build executive houses on it.
Imagine if a farmer had grubbed out trees and hedges without permission.
I think orchards do not have any protection, but heritage tree species are getting lost at an alarming rate I believe.
There's about 4 million hectares of arable land in England and 12 million hectares of grass land, that includes arable land currently down to grass all the way to unimproved Hill land according to Google.
It's a shame that they seem hell bent on developing the most productive land then blaming the farmers for flooding and polluting


So any one with half a brain , can see, that in the long term this cannot go on? the loss of available land to grow food on and rise in the UKs population makes for a perfect storm?

Global population growth remains a big problem, even the massive loss of life during WW2 barely registered a dip in our numbers and was followed by a global population boom which has never really slowed. It can't end well...


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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...