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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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Environment laws must be reinforced, not reviewed

Published on: 18 January 2017

The Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017, published this week, includes a frightening line: “Following the decision to leave the EU, we are undertaking a fundamental review of our whole environmental policy framework”.

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A new vision for farming

Published on: 17 January 2017

Now in its eighth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference is a unique opportunity for farming and environmental communities to share ideas and innovative solutions for a sustainable future for farming and food production.

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Sustainable Farming and Land Use Policy essential for ‘Brand Britain’

Published on: 19 December 2016

As the Secretary of State stands up to speak at the Oxford Farming Conference in early January, she will be the first UK politician for over forty years to set out a vision for farming and the environment outside the constraints of the Common Agricultural Policy.

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The 25 Year Plan must protect National Parks

Published on: 12 December 2016

The UK’s first National Parks were created in the 1940s as part of the same post-war drive to improve the nation’s well-being that also saw the establishment of the NHS and the extension of the welfare state. Now, nearly seven decades later, they cover nearly 10% of England and are enjoyed by tens of millions of visitors every year.

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Will there be good news for nature across the UK and EU this week?

Published on: 5 December 2016

On Wednesday the members of the European Commission will gather for their weekly “college” meeting. The Commissioners, one from each of the twenty eight EU Member States (including the UK’s Sir Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union), meet every week, but for nature this week’s meeting is particularly significant.

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Green growth: an economy that works for everyone

Published on: 29 November 2016

Last week’s Autumn Statement was the Chancellor’s first and last. The Government has announced that in future the Budget Statement will take place in Autumn and there will be a “Spring Statement” to respond to economic forecasts. This marks the end of an old way of working. At WWT, we hope this will be a chance for a new kind of reporting by the Treasury.

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Money spent on upland farming is money well spent

Published on: 28 November 2016

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” I must admit to not being a big Joni Mitchell fan (although I do like Nazareth’s cover of her This Flight Tonight), but when I think of our Uplands, their landscapes, cultures, people and communities, it is this lyric from Big Yellow Taxi that often comes to mind.

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Let's work together for better animal welfare

Published on: 24 November 2016

There was a great deal of focus on the role of the RSPCA in enforcing animal welfare legislation following the publication of the EFRA Select Committee report on domestic pets. Yet little note of the majority of other conclusions and recommendations which could make a real improvement to animal welfare in England. This blog focuses on those other 29 recommendations.

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