Category Archives: Defra

The coast is our birthright

In 1936, my predecessor at the Open Spaces Society, Laurence Chubb, called for the protection of the coast and our access to it:  We have called attention more than once to the danger which confronts the people of this island of … Continue reading

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What about Natural England?

Michael Gove has announced that he will set up a new environmental body post Brexit, but he already has one. Continue reading

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End-of-term euphoria?  I hope not

Michael Gove made a speech which was surprisingly good, though it failed to mention access. Continue reading

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How independent?

How independent is Natural England? Defra has cut its vital survey yet NE has apparently said nothing. Continue reading

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Let’s have data not dogma

The government threatens to cut a vital survey of people’s engagement with the outdoors, with loss of important data. Continue reading

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Environment down the pecking order?

It’s Sunday afternoon, 10 May, and David Cameron has announced eight new (well, mostly recycled) ministers, but the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is not among them. While I realise the PM doesn’t necessarily make appointments … Continue reading

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Catch the Canine Culprit campaign

Our open upland and uncultivated landscapes are maintained by grazing animals, but the survival of traditional hill farms is increasingly precarious.  One of the tragedies which farmers face is that of sheep worrying by dogs: sheep and lambs are killed … Continue reading

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