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Read on to find out what the Nature Partnership and its Partners have been up to recently. News for the current year is below and news from previous years can be found using the links on the left hand side.

Campaign for the Farmed Environment is to rebrand

An initiative to promote and support the delivery of environmental benefits by farmers will undergo a relaunch next month.

Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) was established 10 years ago but is to be rebranded under the title of Championing the Farmed Environment. An event to mark the relaunch will take place at Newark Showground on Friday 1 March.

CFE will continue to support farmers to deliver environmental goods as part of a productive and profitable business but it is thought the new title will reflect the natural evolution of its work at a time when there is increased focus on public goods such as clean air and water, healthy soils and a flourishing natural environment.

Farmer and chairman of Nottinghamshire CFE, John Miller, said: "As farmers are required to deliver greater environmental goods alongside sustainable farm business the CFE is more relevant than ever.

"Celebrating the work which farmers who are already engaged with CFE are doing, and getting more people involved, will build on the achievements already in place on farms."

The government's 25-year Environment Plan calls on the farming community to balance safe, traceable and high-quality British food with the protection and enhancement of the British countryside.

The relaunch event will inform farmers and industry partners already involved with CFE about the future direction of the project and encourage others to get involved.

Speakers will include Professor Andrew Lovett reporting on seven years of on-farm trials in the Wensum Catchment on cover crops and strip tillage and Leicestershire farmer Joe Stanley, looking at the voluntary environmental work on his farm, how it fits in with the farm business and future plans.

Phil Jarvis, Allerton Farm Manager and NFU Crops Board will also chair a forum of Charlie Wright, Farmacy Agronomist of the Year; Richard Reynolds, Anglian Water Senior Advisor; Ben Underwood CLA East Director and George Cook, Senior Farm Business Consultant, The Andersons Centre who will consider the importance of delivering public goods as part of a productive and profitable business.

The event takes place at the Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion from 9.45am – 12.30pm and will be followed by a free lunch. To book a place contact Lesley Sharpe on 01777 870817 or 07707 220121 or email lesley.sharpe@live.co.uk

18 February 2019

Government launches 2019 Year of Green Action

The Government has declared 2019 a Year of Green Action as part of its 25 Year Environment Plan.

The initiative has been designed to better connect people with environmental issues by getting them involved with projects that support nature. There will be a particular focus on engaging children and young people.

Green Action is defined as anything that delivers against one of three key themes in the 25 Year Environment Plan:

  • Connect: Improving people's understanding of the state of the environment, the benefits a healthy environment can bring and the effect of their actions on the natural world
  • Protect: Helping communities and businesses to reduce their impact on the environment through greener decision-making
  • Enhance: Inspiring people to enrich the environment, encouraging individuals and organisation to actively improve their local environment

The Year of Green Action was officially launched in Parliament on 11 January by Thérèse Coffey, who said: "This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and enthused about restoring nature, from gardeners to major transport network providers.

"The focus for activities in the Year of Green Action will be on connecting with, protecting and enhancing nature. We will be promoting environmental action through partners, a dedicated website for showcasing Partner activity, social media and events throughout the year."

A toolkit has been produced to help organisations plan activities for the year ahead and can be found here.

The GLNP is asking Partners to let us know about activities and initiatives which support the Year of Green Action.

For more information visit www.yearofgreenaction.org

17 January 2019