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Catchment Restoration Fund announced

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced a £110 million fund to improve the health of more than 880 lakes, streams and other water bodies, and to increase local involvement in caring for them. £92 million will be provided over the next four years to remove non-native invasive species, clear up pollution and remove redundant dams, weirs, [...]

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Wildlife and Countryside Link informs Defra’s spending decisions

The Wildlife and Countryside Link have produced a paper which sets out the Link’s thoughts on how Defra might be able to reduce its budget whilst supporting the key aims outlined in the coalition programme. The paper covers the following topics: Principles for decision making; Front line services which need to be protected; Different ways [...]

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“More Trees More Good” launched by the Woodland Trust.

Clive Anderson, the President of the Woodland Trust, has announced the launch of  “More Trees More Good”, a new Woodland Trust Initiative set up to provide support to help individuals and organisations to plant their own trees. The aim of the initiative is to plant 20 million native trees per year, which will maximise the benefits to [...]

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Waterwise’s White Paper published.

Firstly let me apologise for the hiatus in blog posts.  Hopefully we are now back on track for at least a post each day. Waterwise, who is one of Defra’s Greener Living Fund partners, has published its White Paper for the Coalition Government. The White Paper is focused on mainstreaming water efficiency.  In it Waterwise sets [...]

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Goodbye and good luck Simon!

Many of you will have come to know Simon Berry, leader of Defra’s Third Sector Team, through this blog over the last year and a bit. Well all good things must come to end and, sadly for us, Simon is leaving Defra to pursue an exciting new challenge. Simon joined Defra in October 2008 on [...]

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‘The Moment for Mutualism’ published

HM Government today announced the publication of a new report entitled ‘the Moment for Mutualism’. The report recognises that over the past two years confidence in some of the longstanding financial institutions has been significantly undermined and there is widespread feeling that organisations and leaders have lost touch with the people they serve.  People want more control and not [...]

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Mobilising Democracy to Tackle Climate Change

  This leadership seminar is being presented by Salzburg Global Seminar together with the Dartington Hall Trust, Schumacher College – the International Centre for Sustainable Living, and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development. It is delivered in collaboration with, and hosted by Goodenough College, London. It will take place over two days on the [...]

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Opportunity of lowest tide in five years siezed by Thames21 to clean up plastic bag litter

Thames21, London’s leading waterways charity, will use the lowest daytime tide in five years as an opportunity to highlight London’s legacy of plastic bag litter that has accumulated in the past 30 years. Thames21 points out that while the attitudes of some have changed – this must now extend beyond charity volunteers and the most [...]

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Refreshed Compact is published

The Compact is the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for effective partnership working between government and the third sector in England. The original Compact was agreed in November 1998. A new, refreshed and simplied version was published today  (15/12/09) following extensive debate and consultation. This Compact highlights the shared principles which Compact partners should follow [...]

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CDF launches “Green Up!” guide.

The Community Development Foundation (CDF) has launched “Green Up! Five ways of working with your council on sustainability: a practical guide for community and voluntary groups.”  Here is some information from CDF about what you can expect from the guide: Green Up! is a key resource for community groups who want to work with their [...]

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