The Partnership conducts research on meadow sites across the UK, including those managed by our members and those owned by private landowners, investigating how factors such as hydrology, soil fertility and vegetation management determine the composition of the plant community. We share all our findings through our network of practitioners, publications, newsletters, website, conferences and training programmes. We undertake site visits to provide management advice and to run management trials. We collate and analyse data, to underpin evidence-based advice and training, which we supply to our delivery partners. We seek to empower practitioners to assess and manage their own sites. You read about agricultural policy, and you read about public money for public goods. But I think these meadows, and the barn owl and the wildflowers they support are public goods! And maybe that’s what we should be accounting for in equal measure to profit and yield. Martin Hamar, sixth-generation arable and beef farmer and the chair of the NFU in North Oxfordshire. Maximise the value of land - Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (ffcc.co.uk) This story first appeared in the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission's Field Guide for the Future which shares stories of hope and action from communities across UK nations. Sign up to their newsletter to get the latest stories straight to your inbox.