Happy World Biodiversity Day

Today is World Biodiversity Day, celebrating nature’s variety and its protections. Given the challenges facing nature in the UK today, maintaining awareness, alongside practical action to address these threats, remains of vital importance. Volunteer Philip Box takes a look at how the National Trust is working hard to restore a healthy, beautiful natural environment. What…

Future environmental policy: the role of natural markets

Today, Patrick Begg, our Rural Enterprises Director, is a speaker at a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum event considering next steps for natural environment policy in England.  Patrick’s speech, below, emphasises the importance of our country’s natural capital and the potential for new markets to secure the future of our environment. “We live in febrile…

New economics for sustainable land use

In this speech, delivered at today’s Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum, Patrick Begg, our Rural Enterprises Director, discusses his ‘three-part recipe’ for the the future of UK agriculture policy. Farming is in a tough place. I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last person to say this. Just look at the stark economics.…

Happy 5th Birthday NPPF!

Five years after the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework, and our Planning for People Campaign, Senior External Affairs Adviser Adam Royle takes a look at how successful the NPPF has been so far, and what lies ahead for the Government’s central planning document. On 27 March 2012 the Government put in place a…