Twenty-five year Environment Plan

First thoughts on today's 25 year Environment Plan?  Confirmation of the direction of travel we have seen since the Natural Environment White Paper of 2011: The Natural Choice: securing the Value of Nature The headline points for farmers and land managers: An environmental net gain principle for development, housing and infrastructure; A new Environmental Land Management system; … Continue reading Twenty-five year Environment Plan

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Agriculture: Five Great Challenges

Jeremy Moody, Secretary and National Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, spoke at Harper Adams University on Thursday 15th October on 'Agriculture: Five Great Challenges'. Opening with the observation that necessity is the mother of invention Jeremy commented that farming only adapts when it has to do so. Jeremy identified his five great … Continue reading Agriculture: Five Great Challenges

Estates Gazette Rural View: Christmas Reading

I have been writing a quarterly column for the Estates Gazette since 2013 called Rural View.  This year's articles have covered Water, Forestry, Scotland and farming safety.  If you'd like to catch up with any of the articles over the Christmas holiday, here they are: Farming Safety: EG Rural View Dec 14 H&S Scotland: Rural View Sep … Continue reading Estates Gazette Rural View: Christmas Reading

Defra: a challenging brief

The Conversation asked me to write an appreciation of Owen Paterson's tenure as Secretary of State for the Environment. It was published last night under the title, Badgers may cheer Owen Paterson’s exit from Defra, but not everyone feels the same A white, middle-aged, country man who nevertheless forgot to take his wellies to a … Continue reading Defra: a challenging brief

Adding Value to Land: 10 things to think about

Presentation from the RICS National Rural Conference held on 19 June 2014 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.  Ten ideas which will be important to future success in land management.  

The Privatisation of Biodiversity

Professor Colin Reid and Dr Walters Nsoh presented the conclusions of their research programme at the University of Dundee on 20 February 2014. Their research has focussed on the legal implications of the development of new 'markets' in natural capital. The emphasis tended to focus on biodiversity offsetting and payments for ecosystem services. Law Commissioner … Continue reading The Privatisation of Biodiversity

Who wants what this time?

Systemic Solutions at the landscape-water interface was the title of a workshop held at Bristol Aquarium on Monday 10 February 2014, and I was asked to speak about the landowner's perspective. Who want what this time? was my opening question.  When dealing with anything in relation to rural land it's vital to realise that you are … Continue reading Who wants what this time?