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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler..

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Hope for the planet

Published on: 23 March 2020

Andy Lester, Conservation Director at A Rocha UK, argues that, despite the anxieties and difficulties the coronavirus is causing, this crisis may also offer us reason to hope and dream.


The fight for a more natural capital must go on

Published on: 17 March 2020

With the local elections postponed, Neil Sinden, Director of CPRE London discusses where this leaves London in the midst of a public health, climate and nature emergency.


Our Natural World: are we willing to meet the challenges ahead?

Published on: 16 March 2020

Plantlife's new CEO, Ian Dunn, discusses the challenges ahead for strengthening our environmental foundations, and the willingness needed to deliver a transformative joined-up approach which can bring us back from the brink of collapse.


The Reforming Regulation Initiative – deregulatory déjà vu?

Published on: 12 March 2020

February’s statement by (the then Chancellor) Sajid Javid, to the Financial Times, that today’s Budget statement would include the announcement of yet another ‘Red Tape Challenge’ brought with it a sense of déjà vu.


The devil’s in the detail for future farming aspirations

Published on: 27 February 2020

Legislation it seems are like buses. After the stagnation of 2019, the policy taps are well and truly flowing, with Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries bills in Parliament, and the publication on Tuesday of important papers on Defra’s plans for future farming, and separately their environmental land management scheme.


Our right to challenge environmental decisions at risk

Published on: 19 February 2020

Julia Eriksen, Phil Michaels Legal Scholar at Friends of the Earth, explains how legislative reforms are frustrating access to environmental justice.


From packaging to porpoises, how forever chemicals in the food aisle impact our environment

Published on: 14 February 2020

Dr Kerry Dinsmore of Scottish environmental charity Fidra shares findings of PFAS in food packaging and explores how we can stop these chemicals of concern reaching our environment.


Join the search to save thousands of miles of lost historic paths

Published on: 11 February 2020

Jack Cornish, Don’t Lose Your Way Programme Manager at the Ramblers, explains why we could lose thousands of miles of historic footpaths across our beautiful countryside unless we act now.


8 steps to woodlands for climate, nature and people

Published on: 7 February 2020

Heading towards COP 26, the UK Government have designated 2020 ‘a year of climate action’, during which the UK will be setting the pace to deal with CO2 emissions and deliver net zero as soon as possible. Trees and woods are right at the top...


New report reveals major gaps in environmental protections post-EU Exit for soils and hedgerows

Published on: 3 February 2020

Today the Agriculture Bill will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time since it was (re)introduced in January. As this Link blog explains, the bill presents a welcome transformative vision for agriculture in which payments will be made to farmers to tackle the climate and nature crisis. However, the bill is silent on the rules and regulations for farming in the future.