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15/07/19: The future of Natural England, Cereals overview, Sugar Snap Peas for kids

Shaun Spiers from The Green Alliance tells Charlotte Smith that more funding is required for Natural England if the Government is serious about meeting its environmental targets.

Natural England has been roundly criticised over its handling of environmental payments, and the suspension of general licences, and now its Chair Tony Juniper tells Charlotte Smith that it doesn't have the money to fight legal actions or even perform some of its core functions. Shaun Spiers from The Green Alliance tells Charlotte that more funding is required if the Government's serious about meeting its environmental targets.

It's cereals week on Farming Today and David Eudall from Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board tells Charlotte that farmers are enjoying a far more stable year after last year's turbulent weather, and that more and more farmers are turning to Oats as a replacement crop for Oil Seed Rape.

For some school-children in Birmingham their daily fruit intake is being replaced by vegetables including a crop that British farmers have only recently started to grow on a large scale - the Sugar Snap Pea. David Gregory-Kumar went to Worcestershire to help with the Sugar Snap harvest and to find out what the kids thought of this innovative vegetable-based snack.

Producer: Toby Field

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