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…

Heritage bodies respond to A303 road scheme

Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage welcome the work done by Highways England on the design of the proposed A303 road at Stonehenge. The options put forward today by Highways England go a long way towards protecting and enhancing the World Heritage Site (WHS), according to the three agencies responsible for its care…

MPs debate future agriculture policy post-Brexit

Today MPs will discuss the future of agricultural policy after the UK leaves the European Union. We, along with RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts, have outlined our views ahead of today’s Westminster Hall debate. In brief we’re calling for… Public money for public benefits: Farmers and land managers to be properly rewarded for the vital…