Making public goods pay – new research shows that £3 billion minimum is needed for nature friendly farming

Today, alongside the RSPB, and The Wildlife Trusts – we have published landmark independent research on future agriculture policy – Paying for Public Goods from Environmental Land Management. This research suggests that at least £2.9 billion is needed to support farmers and land managers to play their part in helping to meet existing UK commitments…

Preserving and enhancing natural capital post-Brexit

Patrick Begg, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director is discussing next steps for UK agriculture policy at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar today. Patrick gave a speech on the benefits of a natural capital approach – you can find his entire speech below. Good morning.  I want to spend a few minutes…

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…