New economics for sustainable land use

In this speech, delivered at today’s Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum, Patrick Begg, our Rural Enterprises Director, discusses his ‘three-part recipe’ for the the future of UK agriculture policy. Farming is in a tough place. I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last person to say this. Just look at the stark economics.…

Happy 5th Birthday NPPF!

Five years after the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework, and our Planning for People Campaign, Senior External Affairs Adviser Adam Royle takes a look at how successful the NPPF has been so far, and what lies ahead for the Government’s central planning document. On 27 March 2012 the Government put in place a…

We need to talk about Nitrogen

Nitrogen in the air is one of the greatest threats to our wild plants, lichens and fungi, yet few people have even heard about it.  Plantlife’s new report, We need to talk about Nitrogen, is released today and raises the alarm about its devastating impacts. Plantlife’s new report has initiated the long overdue conversation about…

The land question

Last week I was at the launch of Shelter’s new report on New Civic Housebuilding. In a room full of housing developers, town planners and housing campaigners, I chose to ask a question about agricultural subsidies. Cue various nonplussed looks around the room. So why ask that question? The answer is twofold. Firstly, the debate about…