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.
In 2015 new rules for private sewage systems came into force requiring that any septic tank which currently discharges directly to a water course be upgraded. Initially, the Environment Agency gave a deadline of January 2020 by which existing non-compliant tanks must upgrade. This deadline has now been relaxed, however, the CLA is advising members to act promptly if they are looking to sell their property or if their system is causing pollution. This Guidance Note outlines the regulations and provides advice on how to comply.
On 15 January 2020 the government published its second iteration of the Agriculture Bill. The Agriculture Bill initially failed to make it through the last Parliament due to the Brexit deadlock and general election.
The Rural Powerhouse is a CLA campaign designed to unleash the potential of the rural economy. It aims to close the rural productivity gap, adding £43bn to per year while transforming the lives of millions of people who live and work in the countryside.
Judicaelle Hammond is the CLA's Director of Policy and Advice.
CLA Director General Sarah Hendry looks ahead to next month’s Rural Business Conference…
The CLA has responded to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions. In our response, we highlight that landowners and managers are crucial to achieving net-zero across the economy. The ambition to achieve net-zero for the sector should be reframed to look at the full range of positive contributions from farmers and landowners towards the national obligation rather than focussing on the sector specific emissions.
The CLA has responded to Defra's Call for Evidence on key flood and coastal issues to help develop a flood and coastal erosion and national infrastructure strategy. Our evidence outlined the importance of resilience to flood and coastal erosion for farmers and landowners, as in farming the speed of recovery is often slow due to the production cycle, and costs can be very high. Farmers and landowners have long dealt with changeable weather events and are able to cope well, however, their resilience is dependent on good drainage, well-maintained flood defences and a strong strategic vision from Defra and the Environment Agency.