Responding to the delay of the Environment Bill, CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:
“News of another delay to the Environment Bill is hugely unhelpful for the rural sector. There is once again significant uncertainty over how and when government’s flagship environmental plans can be delivered – with land managers across the country left in limbo.
“Farmers and landowners want to deliver positive environmental benefits on the land they manage, helping to reverse biodiversity decline and combat climate change. But many are relying on a move to the payments for public goods system, which is linked to key parts of the Environment Bill including local nature recovery networks.”