Tag Archives: Defra

‘Turnip’ at the top

The government has broken its pledge to revoke the 2026 cut off for historic-path claims and instead extended it to 2031, a decision made by Therese Coffey. Continue reading

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Defra’s double standards

The government fails to take an opportunity to revoke the 2026 cut off and instead tables amendments to delay the review of access maps. Continue reading

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A crumb from the £2.4-billion table

The environment secretary continues to ignore the need for public access to be funded through the environmental land management scheme, despite ministerial promises. Continue reading

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For want of a comma

I trust that Thérèse Coffey will not demand the purge of the Oxford comma from Defra officials’ language. Continue reading

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Paths are great for the local economy

Ministers note: Walkers Are Welcome Towns demonstrate that paths are good for the local economy. Continue reading

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Walk for a minister

We devised a walk to demonstrate to the environment minister, Richard Benyon, how agricultural payments can fund more and better access. Continue reading

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Government reneges on access promises

Government seems to have broken its promises to fund public access under the new farm payment scheme. Continue reading

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We are a movement

This year’s Walkers Are Welcome towns get-together was hosted by Kington in Herefordshire. It was a great event. Continue reading

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Defra’s omissions

Last week George Eustice made a speech before the summer break about nature recovery, but he failed to mention public access and enjoyment which must go with such recovery. Continue reading

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Climate-crisis speech in a hothouse

On 16 July I went to Kew Gardens to listen to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, speak about Defra’s work. Sadly, he didn’t mention public access until I asked the question. Continue reading

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