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Environmental policy and food production must go hand in hand

Environmental policy and food production must go hand in hand

Farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, say’s the NFU. It follows publication this morning of the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan. Theresa May revealed details of the long-awaited and wide-ranging 150-page strategy during a keynote speech in south-west London. Farmers manage […]

Green gas can help Scotland meet energy goals

Green gas can help Scotland meet energy goals

Green gas can make a key contribution to meeting the goals set out in Scotland’s first ever Energy Strategy, according to the UK’s trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD). Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), said: “The Scottish Government has set itself ambitious but necessary targets for generating renewable […]

Gove: Tree planting rates have not been good enough

Gove: Tree planting rates have not been good enough

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has given a strong indication that the Government’s 25 year plan for the environment, due in the New Year, will tackle the issue of woefully low tree planting. Speaking at the Woodland Trust’s parliamentary launch on Wednesday (December 6) of a series of essays outlining its vision for a post Brexit […]

ADBA launches pioneering AD Certification Scheme at annual conference

ADBA launches pioneering AD Certification Scheme at annual conference

UK trade body the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) will today launch its pioneering AD Certification Scheme at the ADBA National Conference 2017 in London. The voluntary, industry-led scheme is designed to support operators of AD plants, including those based on farms, to improve their operational, environmental, and health and safety performance, in particular […]

Severn Trent reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for farmers

Severn Trent reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for farmers

Farmers in the Midlands are being given another opportunity to apply for a grant from Severn Trent to help them to protect local watercourses from pollution. The ‘Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme’ (STEPS), which is solely funded by the water company, supports farmers in making improvements to their farm management and infrastructure, reducing the risk […]

Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

The government must act to permanently ban bee-harming pesticides says Friends of the Earth as new research from Royal Holloway University released today (14 August) suggests that neonicotinoid pesticides are a risk to bumblebee extinction. The research showed that queen bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides were 26% less likely to be able to start a […]

Elgan Pugh crowned STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Champion 2017

Elgan Pugh crowned STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Champion 2017

The picturesque surroundings of BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace played host to an action-packed STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® British Championship on Saturday 5th August, where Welsh local Elgan Pugh came, sawed and conquered to take home the top prize in a nail biting event. Now in it’s fifth year, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® British Championship […]

STA secures tax win for solar and battery storage

STA secures tax win for solar and battery storage

Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) is celebrating securing a 5% rate of VAT on battery storage for householders installing a storage system alongside a new solar PV system. The win significantly improves the economics of installing solar + storage and brings the VAT treatment of storage in line with the treatment of household fuels, […]

New Forest organisations call on Government to support commoners, Verderers, farmers and landowners in ‘Green Brexit’

New Forest organisations call on Government to support commoners, Verderers, farmers and landowners in ‘Green Brexit’

New Forest organisations presented Defra Minister Lord Gardiner with a paper outlining how future agricultural schemes could protect the unique Forest environment. They have put the case for a locally managed and led support scheme to be put in place post 2020 to build on how commoners, Verderers and landowners already work together to protect […]

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