Back to Marsham Street

‘This is a historic occasion’, announced Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at the Defra drinks party on 7 December.  ‘It is the last time that the Defra group will meet here [in Nobel House in Smith Square].  We are due to move early next year to new offices’. 

And where are these?  In Marsham Street, where the Department of the Environment was housed from 1971 to 1997 (but in a different building, the notorious Marsham Towers).  It felt more like history turning a circle than a historic occasion.

Marsham Towers wikipedia

Marsham Towers, home of the Department of the Environment, 1971-1997.

Home Office small

The building at 2 Marsham Street which will become Defra’s home, joining the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government.








But the speech got better.  Mr Gove told us that ‘we are responsible for things on which you cannot place a price.  Defra unites a recognition that the things for which we are responsible—land, sea, air, the beauty of the countryside are presents which have no price tag.’

Absolutely right.  Please tell that to the treasury, Mr Gove.

from Bench Tor

A priceless landscape, the view from Bench Tor, Dartmoor National Park


About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
This entry was posted in Access, National parks and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Back to Marsham Street

  1. Gaslight Crime says:

    Should be pointed out to Gove that the proof of the pudding’s in the eating. I see little evidence that this government gives a toss about the countryside.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s