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PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19
There has been a significant level of discussion on social media and other media
outlets on the use of public rights of way during the current Covid-19 restrictions.
Governments and their agencies have updated their guidance and in the specific
case of Wales, new laws published on...
On 25 February 2020, NFU President Minette Batters in the opening speech to the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham, challenged the government to use British farm standards as the benchmark for any food imports in future trade deals. Batters stated, "This isn't just about chlorinated chicken. This is about a...
The government published the Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations (SI 2020/41) on 22 January 2020. The Regulations allow the Countryside Stewardship grant scheme to open for applications in February 2020.
The scheme will provide funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements through activities such as:
On 17 January 2020, the government provided an update on its Ash Archive initiative. The initiative, which was aimed at maintaining and restoring ash in the British landscape following the Ash dieback disease outbreak, has successfully planted 3,000 trees in Hampshire. The initiative will continue to monitor the tolerance to...
On 20 January 2020, the government has funded £1.2 million to village halls in England for these communities to make refurbishments. The fund recognises the importance of village halls and the scheme will allow village halls to continue to effectively play a role in rural communities.
Village hall committees can apply...
Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.
The Environment Agency (EA) state that options for upgrading or replacing include: