Our reaction to EFRA and EAC reports on the draft Environment Bill

Today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee released their report after their scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill. It follows the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on the draft Bill. Our Head of Government Affairs, Georgina Holmes-Skelton, gives her reaction below; “The EFRA and EAC reports show the growing consensus that the draft Environment Bill…

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…

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…