Guest Blog: Soil Association response to 25 Year Environment Plan

  A guest blog today from Laura MacKenzie, Head of Policy (farming and land-use) at the Soil Association.   Soil at heart of 25 year environment plan Last week, the Prime Minister gave her first major speech on the environment, marking the publication of the long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan. Soil Association chief executive Helen […]

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The Government’s new 25 Year Environment Plan: Needs More herbage, less verbiage.

People Need Nature CEO Miles King writes about the Government’s new 25 Year Environment Plan: “Michael Gove – the most energetic and intellectual Environment Secretary we have had for many years – has been busy. Fresh from his performances at the two big annual farming conferences of the year (which I will write about next […]

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Winter Solstice

Today – at 428pm precisely is the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – last night was the longest night so we can officially celebrate the night’s getting shorter again. Why does this matter though, in this era of instant communication and perpetual electric light? It matters […]

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Autumn Equinox

Happy Autumn Equinox! When does Autumn start? For those unlucky enough to have been looking forward to a lovely summer holiday in England, early August was very Autumnal – with cold weather, heavy rain and leaden skies. Officially Autumn starts today (September 22nd) – on the Autumn Equinox. Equinox means that the day is the […]

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Guest Blog: Why Taxpayers need a “housemate agreement with Farmers. By Vicki Hird.

  The dreaded ‘red tape’ and interference in farm decisions under the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is why many UK farmers voted ‘leave’. But I aim to justify the uncomfortable but necessary complexity we will need to cope with after Brexit when we have a new contract or agreement between farmers and the taxpayer. […]

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Summer Solstice

Here’s a piece by our Chief Exec Miles King:   The Romans knew it as Solstitium. We call it the Solstice: from Sol; the Sun, and sistere; which means stopped, stationary.   The Sun stops in the sky. And what a sun it is, this Summer. The sun has beat down on us. Temperatures climb. […]

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Lodge Hill: reimagining lost landscapes – Matthew Shaw

On the 16th & 17th June 2016 I joined a group organised by the charity ‘People Need Nature‘ to visit Lodge Hill, Kent. Our group was made up of Naturalists, Scientists, ecologists,  writers, poets, visual artists, musicians, and often a mixture of the above. These are all fairly meaningless titles through as what we really […]

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