Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Duchy of Cornwall tenant Gerald Addicott told the 100-strong audience how he ‘saw the light’ and how, as well as helping the environment, giving up productive land to create natural habitats could be both fun and profitable.
‘Farmers have an image problem, so a scheme like this in Jersey will demonstrate to the wider public that we’re not agriculturist terrorists and that we care passionately about the land we farm,’ Mr Addicott said.
He urged farmers to follow his example, to overcome their suspicion of environmentalists and to sign up the scheme which aims to enhance Jersey’s countryside.
‘From my experience it’s an opportunity not to be missed,’ he said.
‘You may have to readjust your ideas and be flexible, but the future is in your hands and the scheme will only be as beneficial as you make it.
Sign up and make it work for you and do it well and you’re going to enjoy it.’