Tag Archives: flooding

Paterson promises the world to Levels Farmers – they want the Sun too.

Owen Paterson, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Cabinet, has been missing for months. Where has he been? Not in the limelight. But he popped up yesterday in the West Country to promise the world to the Farmers of the Somerset … Continue reading

Posted in CLA, farming, flooding, NFU, Owen Paterson, Somerset Levels | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

The Supergrass that betrays real Environmental Goods

I was intrigued by this headline in Farmers Weekly (where else?) – “£2.5M boost for grass that helps prevent floods“. What can it be? A panacea for all our flooding problems – is it superabsorbent? Is it a climate change … Continue reading

Posted in agricultural pests, agriculture, ecosystem services, flooding, grasslands, Neonicotinoids, public goods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Keeping a Level Head

A Somerset Levels Wet Meadow (c) Miles King I feel almost reluctant to put pen to paper (metaphorically) on the issue of the floods and the Somerset Levels, because so much has been written or spoken in recent days fromn … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, anti conservation rhetoric, anti-environmental rhetoric, Common Agricultural Policy, Environment Agency, European environment policy, Floodplains, grasslands, meadows, Owen Paterson | Tagged , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Lost in the drainage Maize

I wrote this blog twice yesterday but both times wordpress refused to publish it. I’m trying again – third time lucky. I now know the reason it crashed. I was trying to copy a map from a pdf and upload … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, deregulation, Dredging, Environment Agency, farming, flooding, Owen Paterson | Tagged , , , , , | 32 Comments

Planting Trees in the Uplands? There’s an idea….

I was so excited at the thought of OPatz going to live in the woods, foraging for mushrooms and curing  badger hams , that I forgot to check what was actually said earlier this week, in relation to flooding and … Continue reading

Posted in flooding, Forestry, Forestry Commission, Owen Paterson, rewilding, uplands | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Owen Paterson embraces Re-wilding.

Thanks to Phil Brewin (@waterlevels) for the photo of flooding on the Somerset Levels. It was only a couple of months ago, that Owen Paterson gave his most significant speech since he became Environment Secretary, to the Tory’s favourite Think … Continue reading

Posted in badgers, flooding, Forestry, George Monbiot, Owen Paterson, rewilding, uplands | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Floods and SUDS

As the flood waters recede they reveal that the “Greenest Government Ever”‘s environmental credentials have finally all been washed away. The idea of Sustainable (Urban) Drainage Schemes, or SUDS has been around for a long time. I can remember arguing … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sells, flooding, Floodplains, greenspace, mental health, Owen Paterson, SUDS | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Have we reached Peak Paterson?

is the sun setting on Owen Paterson? ((c) Miles King) Some say we have seen Peak Oil, but are now witnessing Peak “Owen Paterson”? After yesterday’s performance in the Commons, where Paterson repeatedly failed to respond to questioning on his … Continue reading

Posted in anti-environmental rhetoric, biodiversity offsetting, climate change, flooding, Floodplains, Matt Ridley, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Policy Exchange | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments