Category Archives: public land

Lodge Hill latest: Medway writes back to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pleading against a Call-in

I have just been sent a copy of the letter which Medway Council has sent to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, responding to his request for information just before christmas, about Medways plans to build a 5000 house new town on … Continue reading

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Another SSSI to be trashed? Councillors approve solar farm on Rampisham Down

            Rampisham Down SSSI  (c) Miles King   While we wait to hear whether Brandon Lewis will decide to call in the planning permission granted by Medway District Council for the new town on Lodge … Continue reading

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Leaving Footprint, starting something new

Today is my last day at Footprint Ecology. I’ve had a very interesting 18 months here, working on a number of management plans, a variety of Habitat Regulations Assessments, the protection of Lodge Hill and Rampisham Down, researching and writing … Continue reading

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Save our Woods prevents FC sell-off (again). Now We need to save other valuable public land

Last Child in the Public Forest? (c) Miles King Save our Woods has done it again, with the help of 38 degrees. Yesterday evening, in the Lords, the Government agreed to reconsider whether the Public Forest Estate should be exempt … Continue reading

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Save Lodge hill for its Scrub and its Magazines

military history: a one man concrete pill box at Chattenden (c) Miles King   I am naturally rather depressed that Medway Council unanimously voted in favour of the planning application to build 5000 houses on Lodge Hill and Chattenden Barracks, … Continue reading

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Upcycle Bungalow Land to build more homes

Bungalow Land (David Hunt [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons Britain and especially England needs more houses. Yes there are a million empty homes  – some of which can be brought back into residential use easily (many cannot). But they aren’t … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Offsetting and Lodge Hill Part 2

At the end of Natural England’s press release confirming Lodge Hill had become an SSSI on tuesday were these words. “The decision to extend the SSSI clarifies the environmental importance of the site but does not determine whether or not … Continue reading

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Another skirmish on the Lodge Hill Battle Front

It was an exciting day yesterday.  I was part of a small 5 person RSPB team giving evidence in support of the Lodge Hill SSSI notification at an Extraordinary Natural England Board meeting. The opposition were  there in numbers – … Continue reading

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Conservation needs Change

This a continuation of the series of blogs stimulated by the re-wilding and conservation debate at the Linnean Society on Wednesday. I looked at how people’s relationship with nature has evolved to the point now where we can more or … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, animism, Beavers, biodiversity, Common Agricultural Policy, conservation, ecosystem services, environmental policy, European environment policy, farming, Floodplains, Forestry, Forestry Commission, greenspace, housing, management, neoliberalism, NFU, Owen Paterson, public goods, public land, regulatory reform, semi-natural | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

What are we waiting for?

Reading George Monbiot’s book on re-wilding has made me think a great deal about what would need to change in Britain in order for us to restore nature to something like a sustainable level, and to give it the resilience it will … Continue reading

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