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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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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.


A thriving countryside for all: getting the policies right

Published on: 22 January 2020

Crispin Truman, CEO of CPRE, the countryside charity, explains how the organisation's new purpose and strategy aim to tackle the complex challenges, and make the most of opportunities, facing the countryside today and into the future


Agriculture Bill 2020: Do good things come to those who wait?

Published on: 17 January 2020

For the organisations involved in Greener UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link, the Agriculture Bill, announced this week, is one of the most important pieces of legislation for decades. Tom Lancaster analyses the significant changes made to the bill as it returns to Parliament after a year's hiatus.


Food choice and change

Published on: 9 January 2020

Our CEO Richard Benwell discusses the issues of choice and change in making our food greener and healthier for both consumers and our environment.


Our farming future is key to balancing our carbon budget

Published on: 8 January 2020

Professor Tim Benton explains why helping for farmers to become 'Net Zero Heroes' is so vital to solving our nature crisis and balancing our carbon chequebook.