Energy policy fails older country homes

These are the headline findings of a recent report from the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). 1. Confusing and damaging government policy is holding back necessary investment to make homes warmer across the countryside. 2. The Government’s assessment tool for dwellings – the Energy Performance Certificate – is failing to accurately reflect the energy …

Farmers proud of Lake District

Farmers have reacted strongly to an article criticising their role in the Lake District, simply not recognising the picture painted of farming practices. Meanwhile, UNESCO may offer a part-substitute for generous EU funding if brexit deprives the area of EU support. See the strong letters to The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/12/farmers-are-proud-custodians-of-the-countryside

Litter in countryside… cities and the sea

Consultation opens this week on proposed new laws. CountryTalk’s opinion: sounds grand headline, but doesn’t amount to much except a few new fines and downgrading Council services. Judge for yourself… and have YOUR say. Here’s the Govt’s view: Litter is “blighting our countryside, harming our wildlife, polluting our seas…” and “spoiling out towns” – Environment …

Countryside nasties refused charitable staus

The Charity Commission has decided not to register The Countryside Alliance as a charity. The aims of the Alliance include the promotion of hunting, shooting and fishing. The Commission says: ‘Having given full and detailed consideration to the application, the Commission has concluded that the Alliance does not meet the legal test for being a charity …

Visitors shun city venues

‘The Times’ reports that venues outside London have experienced large increases in their annual visitor numbers, while London’s popular attractions, including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum, have seen large drops. The fear of terrorism is thought to account for the change. ‘The British Museum, the country’s most popular attraction, suffered a 6 …

Not seeing the wood for the trees

The Government is criticised in a fresh parliamentary report for low planting rates, overly bureaucratic systems, lack of proper recording for woodland loss and inadequate protection for ancient woodland. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee says the current Government is failing to ensure realisation of the huge environmental, social and economic benefits of forestry, which …

Quality of life – just don’t be old, poor and ill in rural England

Overall, people are healthier in rural compared to urban areas. Nineteen per cent of the population of England live in rural areas, which make up 85 per cent of the land. Rural communities are increasingly older – and older people experience worse health and have greater need of health and care services than younger people. …

Dog poo – where to stick it

The BBC reports that dog walkers are being urged not to bag up their pet’s poo in the countryside – but to use a stick and flick it into the undergrowth instead. Conservative MP Anne Main will advocate the method during a Westminster debate as a way of reducing the number of plastic bags blighting …

Air pollution is devastating UK’s wild flowers

THE INDEPENDENT reports that pollution is ‘having a devastating effect on Britain’s wild flowers by helping nettles, hogweed and other “thuggish” species turn the countryside into “monotonous green badlands”.’ They are highlighting a study by ‘the Plant Link UK network, backed by organisations including Plantlife, the National Trust, Woodland Trust and Royal Society for the …

The country’s worst courier company?

FOR NON-DELIVERY of parcels in this rural area there’s a company called HERMES that has to be the world’s worst courier. Repeatedly, their drivers have failed to deliver packets to my address – or delivered to the wrong address – or simply been liars saying they cannot find the place… well, every other delivery company …