Our ‘green and pleasant land’ isn’t green and pleasant by accident. There are vital rules that we all rely on to protect things like wildlife, rivers, and woodland. But these rules need to be enforced. Left unchecked, we could lose the beautiful countryside we all love.

There are a few different bodies whose job it is to protect the natural environment, wildlife and biodiversity – including the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission in England, and Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Wales and Scotland.

Key environmental agencies have experienced huge cuts to their funding over the last ten years – with Natural England and the Environment Agency both seeing real-terms reductions of over 60%.

Staff losses have been substantial, and enforcement activity has declined accordingly. From 2009-18, the number of water pollution samples taken by the Environment Agency fell by a third. Nearly half of Sites of Special Scientific Interest haven’t been checked in the last six years. Meanwhile, serious pollution incidents in the UK from the farming, water and waste sectors are now a regular occurrence.

There are a few different bodies whose job it is to protect the natural environment, wildlife and biodiversity – including the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission in England, and Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Wales and Scotland.

Key environmental agencies have experienced huge cuts to their funding over the last ten years – with Natural England and the Environment Agency both seeing real-terms reductions of over 60%.

Staff losses have been substantial, and enforcement activity has declined accordingly. From 2009-18, the number of water pollution samples taken by the Environment Agency fell by a third. Nearly half of Sites of Special Scientific Interest haven’t been checked in the last six years. Meanwhile, serious pollution incidents in the UK from the farming, water and waste sectors are now a regular occurrence.

WINDRUSHWASP.ORG’S STORY

West Oxfordshire

SIMON’S STORY

West Sussex

JOHN’S STORY

Shropshire

ANN’S STORY

Wiltshire

BARRY’S STORY

Northumberland

TONY’S STORY

Hertfordshire

KAREN’S STORY

Ilkley

FRED’S STORY

Somerset

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Cumbria