You RSVP’d in your thousands when we asked you to respond to Defra’s invitation to help shape the nature of England.
For the last 8 weeks or so, thousands of you have been taking the time to send an email or return one of our postcards to Defra, in response to their public consultation around the next Natural Environment White Paper. We were overwhelmed to receive such support for a government consultation but you all recognised its importance, and we were delighted to see the real passion and enthusiasm you showed for our native and ancient trees and woods. We feel like that too and while we have always known we are not alone, it was a wonderful privilege to see it so clearly demonstrated. Thank you.
Our own formal submission to this consultation included your voices, backing up our call to ensure trees and woods are part of central government’s future environmental strategy. Here’s a brief round-up of the campaign so far and we’ll let you know what happens next.
Finally, for those Trust members who are curious to know what happened to the “Dear Defra” postcard you mailed back to us – check out their journey to London under the care of our Chief Exective, who gamely dragged a huge (and extremely heavy!) trolley full of postcards all the way to the big City from sleepy Lincolnshire to personally hand them in herself!