We still benefit from EU policies and funding favourable to protecting the environment. Will the UK government be able to maintain the high standards and funding required to maintain the same levels of protection?
This article, on Wicken Fen, highlights a jewel in the East Anglian crown that could be imperilled if they can’t.
This article explains that the Agriculture Bill currently going through Parliament lays responsibility for the environment in large part on the farming community. Landowners will be paid to produce ‘public goods’, described as:
clean air and plentiful, clean water, but also thriving wildlife, reduced risk from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought, raising animal welfare standards and enhanced beauty, heritage and opportunities to engage with the natural environment.
The article suggests that the government’s plans are ‘ambitious – but underdeveloped’. More time is needed.