What does an environment watchdog need to deliver?

In this blog, Patrick Begg, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, considers what an environment watchdog needs to look like to satisfy the cynics and really deliver for our natural environment. Politicians are prone to hyperbole. This is hardly a revelation and will capture exactly zero headlines.  Statements like ‘world leading’, ‘better than we’ve ever…

National Trust response to the Prime Minister’s speech on planning

Today the Prime Minister outlined the Government’s plans to tackle the housing crisis, and launched consultations on proposed changes to the planning system. In response, Richard Hebditch, Government Affairs Director, said: “The Prime Minister’s speech shows that the Government recognise what people really want from a planning system – a measured process that delivers more…

Initial thoughts on Defra’s vision for future farming policy

Following the launch this week of Defra’s consultation on future farming policy, our Senior Policy Programme Manager, Marcus Gilleard, shares our views on the Government’s vision, how that impacts the National Trust, and work we’re doing to contribute to the debate. Following hot on the heels of Michael Gove’s Oxford Farming Speech and release of…

Defra launches consultation on future farming policy

Today the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on the future of farming – Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit. The consultation gives an indication of the Government’s current thinking on farming policy after Brexit, ahead of the Agriculture Bill, coming…

Fracking at Clumber Park

You might have seen in the news that petrochemical firm Ineos is seeking to conduct tests to find shale gas at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.  The case has now been passed to the High Courts by the Oil and Gas Authority. “Our founding principle is to protect the beautiful places in our care, and we…