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National Parks Week

This week (from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August) is National Parks Week! The wild open spaces of the UK’s National Parks have long inspired artists, musicians and writers and National Parks Week will celebrate some of these cultural heroes with a programme of fun filled events. There are all kinds of adventures to enjoy [...]

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Defra announces changes to arm’s length bodies

Caroline Spelman announced yesterday that she will be: Withdrawing Defra funding from the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC); Abolishing the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board, the 15 Agricultural Wages Committees, the 16 Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees and the Committee on Agricultural Valuation; Abolishing the Inland Waterways Advisory Council; and Abolishing [...]

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Defra’s Structural Reform Plan launched

Defra has published its draft Structural Reform Plan. Structural Reform Plans are being used by the Coalition Government to make departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition Agreement. Defra’s Structural Reform Plan sets out three departmental priorities: to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production; help [...]

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State of the countryside 2010 report now available for download

The Commission for Rural Communities has today published the ‘State of the Countryside 2010′ report.  The report provides an up to date picture of rural England, with evidence of the circumstances of people living and working in rural areas drawn from analysis using the latest official statistics. From the website: The report provides a comprehensive [...]

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What is freedom to you?

The Your Freedom website was launched on 1 July by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  The website gives you an opportunity to suggest ideas on repealing unnecessary laws and stripping away excessive regulation on businesses and third sector/civil society organisations. The questions you are asked to respond to are: Civil liberties:  Which current laws [...]

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Defra policy update: Farming and Food Taskforce announced

Defra’s Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, has announced a new Task Force to look at ways to reduce the burden of regulations that affect farming and related food processing businesses. The Task Force on Farming Regulation will begin a review of current regulations and advise on how these could be streamlined and improved in the future. Mr [...]

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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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Open Farm Sunday – 13 June

Open Farm Sunday is on 13 June this year. Farmers across the country will open their gates to give everyone the opportunity to meet the people who grow our food and care for the countryside.  Open Farm Sunday is one day in the year when everyone gets the chance to understand the true story and value behind [...]

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Building Greener Communities – 27-28 May

Carbon Descent and the London Borough of Lambeth, partners in the Ecostiler project, have been working with two estates and six schools to install renewable energy technology. This has involved the installation of insulation measures on the estates, as well as community energy efficiency outreach work and training for professionals. A number of feasibility studies [...]

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Two new opportunities at LEAF

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) currently have two vacancies based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, for two motivated and self-directed individuals. Event Manager To co-ordinate and manage LEAF’s portfolio of events, including Open Farm Sunday Integrated Farm Management Development Co-ordinator To manage LEAF’s Demonstration Network and an exciting new project addressing sustainable farming. For more [...]

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