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Wildlife and Countryside Link News

Welcome to Link’s news - a roundup of what's happened in June. For updates from our working groups, please go to the policy hub. If you would like to submit news items for our monthly e-bulletin, please contact Zoe Davies. To subscribe please enter your email at the bottom of the page.

Link members push for a strong 25 Year Plan for the Environment

Link has published a briefing setting out members’ collective views on what the Government needs to include in its long-awaited 25 Year Plan for the Environment if it is to restore nature within a generation.

Three key requirements are: legally binding environmental objectives; green investment in our towns, countryside and seas; and clear accountability for government and private sector actions that affect the environment.

Environment Links UK position on the Repeal Bill

Wildlife and Countryside Link, along with our sister Links in each of the devolved administrations, has jointly submitted a response to the Government’s Repeal Bill White Paper. Our response, also supported by a large number of individual NGOs, sets out three key elements that the Repeal Bill needs to include if it is truly to deliver on its objective “to transpose current EU laws into UK law, to ensure legal continuity when the UK leaves the EU”.

The response also calls for clarity on the extent to which the Repeal Bill will affect the current devolution settlements and stresses the need for the UK Government and the devolved administrations to work collaboratively.

New staff members at Link

We are delighted to welcome two new staff members to Link. Will Tricker takes up the new position of Brexit Policy and Campaigns Officer, and Cecily Spelling takes over from James Luetchford as Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager. A big thank you to James for taking on the marine role over the last four months, and a warm welcome to Will and Cecily.

Blogs in June

During June, Link published blogs on a wide range of issues. Protecting the environment for future generations was a key theme in a post by Hannah Freeman from WWT, who was impressed by how galvanised young people were by the general election. Helen Chesshire of the Woodland Trust used her blog to stress that trees are a natural solution for farmers. Two blogs were also published on ocean protection in June, along with a piece from Marcus Gilleard at the National Trust, setting out how Brexit presents an opportunity for a future farming system that both supports farmers and benefits the general public.

To write a blog for the Link website, please contact Sarah Bernard.

Link is on LinkedIn and Twitter

Link has a presence on the professional networking site LinkedIn, which includes updates on our blogs, news alerts and job opportunities. Take a look at ourpage and follow us to keep up to date with our work.

The Link team also regularly tweets news and comment on Twitter, as does Link’s Director Elaine King.