Government focus on enhancing and integrating landscapes, the rural economy, food and farming and ecosystem services
Quotes from David Miliband’s address to the 80th anniversary of CPRE:
‘Enhancing the beauty and accessibility of our countryside – a countryside that is a major source of our national pride, belonging and sense of British identity’
‘….we need less productive farmland to be ‘re-wilded’ for woodlands, heathland and fenland’.
‘Our landscape…… is the basis for a tourist industry that contributes over £70 billion every year to the British economy’.
‘The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that nearly two-thirds of the services provided by nature to humankind are being degraded or used unsustainably’.
‘In future, we could see major changes in agricultural land – with more land being used for energy crops, natural flood management, carbon sinks, wetlands and new forests and for re-wilding – as woodlands, heathland and fenland’.
‘We need to think about how funding mechanisms such as Section 106 and in future, Planning Gain Supplement, can be used to invest not only in brown infrastructure – roads, railways and power stations – but ‘green infrastructure’ …… with plans for incorporating the creation of a mosaic of biodiverse habitats, new opportunities for renewable energy, and flood risk management’.