Category Archives: Health

Planning (S)D-Day

After an eventful consultation period the consultation deadline for the Draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) arrived on Monday 17th October. Over the 12 weeks the debate got heated on all sides, from the government, the business lobby and environmental … Continue reading

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Campaigning with inks, chalks and oils

The ‘Creative’ corner on our website has been quietly amassing an impressive body of work. There are lots of ways to make a change for the better – from simply raising an alarm and building awareness of an issue, to directly influencing … Continue reading

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The new planning rules battle

Few can have missed the headlines and increasingly heated discussions around new proposals to change the planning system this week.  Shrinking over 1,100 pages of planning guidance down to just over 50, the thrust of the Government’s new National Planning Policy … Continue reading

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Still woodwatching at Stansted

It took ten years of campaigning and a change of Government before the plans which threatened 6 ancient woods on the outskirts of Stansted airport were finally put to bed.  The Coalition’s ‘Programme for Government’ stated there would be no … Continue reading

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Happy people need trees

We already know that trees are officially good for your health. The Government’s public health white paper ‘healthy lives, healthy people’ (published last year) recognised the importance of the quality of the environment within which people live to their physical and … Continue reading

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Woods are worth repeating yourself for

Less than a week to go to have your forestry conversation! Remember the controversy earlier in the year around the Government’s plans to sell off the public forest estate? Widespread public outrage and several national and local campaigns saw them swiftly … Continue reading

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The environment, do we care?

‘Environment’ is a word used repeatedly in today’s world. But what do we in the UK really feel about it and how much do we understand? This was the focus of a number of surveys carried out from 2007 to … Continue reading

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