Author Archive | milesking

National Meadow Day: Poundbury Wildflower Meadows

It’s National Meadows Day today and People Need Nature is celebrating with news of a project on which we working, in partnership with the Duchy of Cornwall, at their Poundbury development in Dorset. Poundbury Great Field is a large open space on the boundary where the new development at Poundbury meets the existing edge of […]

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PNN Annual Report 2018/19

One of the things about having Charitable Status is that the law requires all charities (or rather, strictly speaking, Charitable incorporated Organisations – which is the legal structure that PNN chose when it was founded) to produce an Annual Report and accounts. Some Charities just publish their accounts and a very brief summary (or even […]

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Farmland Tax report published

Farmland Tax Breaks revealed. Today People Need Nature publishes its latest report, investigating the tax system and how it affects farmland. “Where there’s muck there’s brass: revealing the billions hidden in farmland tax shelters” lays out the many, varied, and some frankly bizarre tax breaks available to farmers and landowners.  And we argue that these […]

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Some thoughts on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2019

Natural Capital debate cartoon by Rebecca Roberts @envirovisuals Last week’s 10th Oxford Real Farming Conference was bigger than ever, with over a thousand delegates attending – and nearly as many again, on the waiting list for returned tickets. The conference was spread over even more venues this year, to cater for the extra people, and […]

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Looking after farmers as well as the land : Guest blog by Heidi Saxby

I recently read a fascinating paper exploring how farmers gain personal benefits to their wellbeing, from taking part in projects which help wildlife on farms – in this case a project to help conserve rare cornfield wildflowers in North Yorkshire. I contacted the author Heidi Saxby, and this is a blog she has written on […]

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Wildflowers find a new home at the Eden Project

Being in nature is good for you. All the evidence is there, it improves physical health, it lifts your mood and your spirits. Recent research, over a very long timescale, shows that the brains of older people who spend more time in nature (specifically green spaces in towns and cities) stay healthier for longer. Age-related […]

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