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England’s countryside will radically change after the Brexit transition period, the government has confirmed.
There will be more trees, meadows and wetlands – and fewer sheep and cows as controversial EU farm subsidies are phased out.
Ministers say it’s the most fundamental shift in farm policy for 50 years.
Under the outgoing EU system, farmers got taxpayers’ money based on the amount of land they farm. The richer the farmer, the more the grant.
Ministers are designing a new farm subsidy scheme for after the UK stops following the EU’s policy when the post-Brexit transition period ends on 31 December.
The new system, named Environmental Land