Defra consulted on the development of a new Tree Strategy for England between June and September 2020. CLA have engaged extensively with its members on this since autumn 2019 through our branch and national committees. Our early engagement shaped and informed the consultation document and more recent member engagement helped us to refine our positions on key issues and to answer Defra's specific questions. Our response is in two parts - a document with answers to the Defra online consulation questions, accompanied by a further document making additional points which the online form could not accommodate.
Defra consulted on the development of a new Tree Strategy for England between June and September 2020. CLA have engaged extensively with its members on this since autumn 2019 through our branch and national committees. Our early engagement shaped and informed the consultation document and more recent member engagement helped us to refine our positions on key issues and to answer Defra's specific questions. Our response is in two parts - a document with answers to the Defra online consultation questions, accompanied by a further document making additional points which the online form could not accommodate.
Defra conducted a short consultation during August on a proposed new Statutory Instrument to cover four financial assistance schemes (Environmental Land Management, the Tree Health Pilot, the simplified Countryside Stewardship 2022 scheme, and Productivity Grant Schemes). The consultation covered issues around what data would be published about recipients of funding within each scheme and as well as the proposed Defra approach to checking eligibility, monitor agreements and enforcement. Under CAP schemes, Defra was required to publish data about grants given on the CAP Payments website (https://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/). They propose to replicate this data publication for new schemes. They also proposed publication of the Land Management Plans that are likely to form the core of the new ELM agreements. The CLA strongly disagrees with this approach becaue the information in a Land Management Plan may be commercially sensitive and not suitable for publication.
The CLA has analysed the government's new planning white paper Planning for the future which set out Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s proposals on how to fundamentally reform the planning system in England. The paper is underpinned by three pillars: planning for development, planning for beautiful and sustainable places, and planning for infrastructure and connected places./sites/default/files/Planning white paper analysis.docx(1).pdf
The CLA responded to the England Peat Strategy in August 2020, highlighting the need to look at different targets and restoration techniques for upland and lowland peat, and the importance of peatland as a habitat for wildlife, productive agricultural land and a tourism asset.
Defra released a consultation on June 19 on the UK government’s Tree Strategy for England. The consultation document sets out Defra’s current thinking on the future for our trees and woodlands and asks various questions to help shape the final England Tree Strategy which is expected later in 2020. This Briefing Note – which applies to England only - summarises the key issues in the consultation document.
This note provides information on the Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG). This is a £50m government scheme which provides a financial incentive to land managers in England to plant new woodland to help tackle climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere. The scheme is run by reverse auctions every six months or so. The guidance note summarises how the scheme operates, how to apply and outlines the carbon market. It also outlines the Woodland Carbon Code, the voluntary standard for UK woodland carbon projects, under which applications to the WCaG scheme have to be registered. The Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme operates in England only.
In late February 2020, UK Government announced a phasing out of sales of house coal within three years and restrictions on sales of wet wood from February 2021. These new restrictions apply to England only but similar measures are being considered by Welsh Government. This guidance note sets out the new rules, the reasons for them and how they will affect members.
This Guidance Note introduces the concept of natural capital as a way of measuring and managing the environmental impacts of businesses. It outlines what is meant by natural capital, why it is important and how CLA members can undertake a natural capital assessment of their land holding. The note also introduces the idea of environmental markets and has links to a number of tools and case studies.