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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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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.


Commitments we need to hear at the Oxford Farming Conferences

Published on: 7 January 2020

Following December’s election result, the Government has an unmistakable mandate to press on with its policy programme. This will bring the power to make progress where the last Parliament was mired in disagreement, but it also brings added responsibility: to tackle the climate crisis and reverse declines in wildlife, whilst simultaneously setting our farming sector on a path to prosperity.


A Blue Christmas

Published on: 20 December 2019

Government should use its new blue majority to make this a “blue Parliament” – by taking action to protect our seas.


Get out walking this winter

Published on: 20 December 2019

Tanne Spielman, Communications Manager at the Ramblers, discusses why getting out for a winter walk can be vital for our well-being at this often stressful time of year


Managing land for butterflies and moths in England

Published on: 12 December 2019

Chris Corrigan discusses the most important land management measures needed to protect butterflies and moths.