Tag Archives: Lake District

A new plan for the Lake District is aiming to reverse nature loss

This post is by Blanaid Denman, RSPB senior conservation officer, north.

We already know what we need to do for nature. Eleven years ago, the Lawton Report stressed the urgent need to create more, bigger, better, and more interconnected habitats. The more recent 25 year environment plan set clear targets for restoring protected sites, expanding habitats, increasing woodland cover, tackling pollution and invasive species.

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Green conservatism: the market vs the environment

Herdwick_Sheep_-_geograph_org_uk_-_770498This post is by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border. It is from a collection of essays: Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open markets. There are similar collections published under ‘Green social democracy’ and ‘Green liberalism’ projects as part of Green Alliance’s Green Roots programme, which aims to stimulate green thinking within the three dominant political traditions in the UK. This has also been published on ConservativeHome.

If you want to see why a conservative approach to environmental policy is necessary, consider the fate of Britain’s small upland farms. They are vanishing. Two thirds of our farmers and independent farms have been swept aside in the last few decades. As they disappear, the basic structure of rural life is being undermined: farmhouses are converted to expensive homes in empty valleys, where it is increasingly rare to see a farmer in a field. Read more