Category Archives: planning

Rainy Days

So…… plans for my mini meadow are not going well at all!!!  Where the weather has been so bad since my last blog, it just hasn’t been feasible to even start – and now thanks to a broken boiler I’m … Continue reading

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A Day by the Seaside

Yes we all like to be beside the seaside! And I hit it right on a recent visit to our Cross Gill site at Blackhall Rocks, just north of Hartlepool  – spending a wonderful couple of hours reviewing the management … Continue reading

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The Red Tape Challenge Grinds on: Where will it end?

  Last week the Guardian reported that my MP Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office Minister, had met with officials from Natural England and the Environment Agency. Apparently he proposed that all environmental (wildlife, landscape, air pollution, noise etc etc) guidance … Continue reading

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The Government’s Conflicted State on Biodiversity

I just wrote this for former Labour biodiversity minister Barry Gardiner MP’s IPOAK website – I don’t know when he’ll post it but you can read it here now. The new England Biodiversity Strategy “Biodiversity 2020” and the conflict at … Continue reading

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The Emasculation of Natural England Part 2 continued

There is some media interest in the story about Natural England being converted into a delivery agency for “sustainable” development today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8926553/Hands-Off-Our-Land-Natural-England-English-Heritage-to-be-forced-to-promote-more-building.html The Tory(?)graph got it wrong, as usual, as it suggested the new restrictions were on time limits for … Continue reading

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The Emasculation of Natural England – Part 2

Natural England was unpopular with this Government even while they were in opposition. Opposition spokesmen like Nick Herbert had already been complaining in 2009 that Agencies like Natural England, paid for by public funds, should not be publicly criticising their … Continue reading

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The Chancellor’s Latest attack on the Environment

In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne launched his latest attack on the environment. “I have not shied away from supporting sensible steps to reduce this country’s dependency on volatile oil prices and reduce our carbon emissions. I am the … Continue reading

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