For many rural businesses, diversification will be a factor in their post-Brexit planning. Trees and woodlands can provide an all too often overlooked opportunity to add sustainable income.
Following the consultation on conservation covenants by the Law Commission in 2013, the Government is now looking to take forward the recommendations set out in their report, with some amendments. This will put conservation covenants into statute as an additional legal tool to aid conservation. A conservation covenant is a voluntary, private agreement between a landowner and another body, which commits the land to be managed for the benefit of conservation.
The CLA has responded, welcoming the introduction of this new conservation tool, but setting out some areas that may need to be refined for conservation covenants to be attractive to landowners.
On 12 March the CLA submitted a response to Defra's consultation Improving our management of water in the environment. The consultation document outlined a number of proposals for water management, including changes to abstraction licencing, new charging methodologies for Internal Drainage Boards and proposals for better flood and coastal risk management.
Climate change is rising rapidly up government’s agenda and new agriculture policy post-Brexit will give landowners and farmers an opportunity to consider both how to reduce their emissions and how to adapt to a warming world.
Harry is a senior policy adviser who has been with the CLA since 2018. Before joining the CLA he worked for 10 years in a range of roles related to farming and the environment. This included working in parliament for 3 years; working for a farmers’ producer organisation; and working on land use policy for a conservation organisation.
This briefing note provides the latest information and the background to Natural England’s position statement and guidance on the use of burning as a tool for blanket bog restoration in the uplands. You can also read more about what the CLA has been doing.
The Government is consulting on the introduction of biodiversity net gain into the planning system in England. The CLA response supports this ambition, which should help strengthen public support for development and could allow landowners to provide biodiversity off-sets. It stresses, however, the need to ensure net gain does not negatively affect the viability of rural development.
Every year the Secretary of State (DEFRA) publishes an announcement of Secretary of State appointed member vacancies on National Park Authorities and AONB Conservation Boards. The CLA advertises these vacancies to its members because of the importance of ensuring that the land management and rural business voice is represented on these Authorities and Boards. This guidance note aims to encourage CLA members to apply for these positions by providing guidance about fulfilling the Essential Criteria and the Nolan Principles.
We know farming will change post-Brexit. The Basic Payment Scheme will replaced by a new system of environmental payments, and farmers will need to adapt to a more market facing world. This means the way farmers manage their businesses may have to change too, including the basic structure of the business.