Publicly Accessible Protected Landscapes

By 2030 all agricultural land designated by MAFF/DEFRA/Natural England as provisional Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) sub-grade 3a, 3b and 4 will be publicly accessible and have been planted with trees to establish new woodlands and/or set aside to naturally develop into scrubland and forest. Agricultural land designated Grade 3 to be set aside and managed for grassland and wildflower meadows only, no ploughing or tilling or fertilising permitted. Further by 2030, development of greenfield sites will only have been permitted on land designated as Grade 4 and then only if mitigation has been provided on site or on an area directly adjacent to redress any loss of flora, fauna, landscape, aquifers and open waters as a result of built development occurring on the land. 

Why the contribution is important

Particularly important to protect the green environments. New permissible development legislation is around the corner and important protections of the natural world may as a result be conveniently forgotten about.

Particularly important for the public to have access to green environments for health, exercise, primary and secondary education, learning new skills and community development.

Particulaly important to allow a transition from sometimes traditional farming of animals and crops which move us further away from from our carbon zero targets to a new economy based on wood, wood products and food from fruit and berries.

by Louise on December 16, 2020 at 02:39PM

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