“Today’s commitment from George Eustice to put nature at the heart of the UK’s recovery and to ensure nature-based solutions are advanced on the road to COP26 is welcome. It is clear that this is what the public expects, but while pledges are noble, results speak louder.
“As things stand, less than half of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan indicators are showing improvement. To see funding announced for “nature prescriptions” and natural capital trials is positive, but the wider regulatory revisions to the environmental assessment process heralded today must not come as part of a planning race to the bottom. Today’s speech should also be seen in the wider context of the UK’s agriculture and trade policies which will have as much, if not more influence on Britain’s post-Brexit environment. The delayed return of the Environment Bill this autumn creates an opportunity to engage, listen and act.”