Agriculture Bill – National Trust response

The UK Government has today published its Agriculture Bill, setting out how the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy will be replaced by a new Environmental Land Management System after Brexit. Responding to the Bill, Patrick Begg (Outdoors and Natural Resources Director for the National Trust) said: “This Bill is a vital step in the right direction…

Lytes Carey Allotments

At the weekend, I visited Lytes Cary, in South Somerset. I went expecting to see the house and gardens – and stunning though they are, so far, so National Trust property. What I didn’t expect to come accross was 40 beautiful community allotment plots, complete with a bizarre cast of scarecrows… There were of course some delicious looking vegetables, too. It’s…

A spotlight on: the Woolley neighbourhood plan

‘Go back to your communities and prepare neighbourhood plans’ – this is the message many will have drawn from this year’s planning reforms and last year’s Localism Act. Certainly, there has been a recent flurry of activity that goes beyond the original frontrunners, as those of us who keep one eye on a neighbourhood planning…