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…

Reflections on day one of NFU18

Patrick Begg, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, is at the National Farmers Union Conference this week. In this blog, Patrick reflects on the Environment Secretary’s speech yesterday, and offers some thoughts for the future. Michael Gove has never been a politician with a confidence deficit. Today at the NFU Annual Conference he played to…

National Trust reaction to Michael Gove’s NFU conference speech

Our statement following the Defra Secretary of State’s speech at the National Farming Union’s Conference today. In response to Mr Gove’s comments on public benefit, Patrick Begg, Outdoors & Natural Resources Director said: “We’re delighted to see the Secretary of State recognise that promoting and sustaining cultural heritage in our most special farmed landscapes forms…