September 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework – what future for wildlife?


Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, writes in a personal capacity about his concerns about the NPPF and its potential to implement aspirations of the Natural Environment White Paper

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The National Trust – Planning for People


The National Trusts, Ben Cowell, explains exactly why the Trust is fighting so hard to inform the public of potential issues with the NPPF and have the draft changed..

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Will the NPPF if introduced really help the construction industry or just those on the periphery?


Retired civil engineer Dr J Flattery explores the reality of the draft NPPF to builders, contractors and landscapers…

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A Garden for Everyone? by Rod Leslie


In our crowded country we simply haven’t the space for everyone to have a garden, so why shouldn’t we have gardens for everyone? by Rod Leslie

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An Appreciation of Trees by Julia Sorrell


An artist, be they a stone waller, thatcher, writer, film director or painter, is someone who is able to either contribute to a landscape or encapsulate an element or a moment within a landscape. Artist Julia Sorrell writes exclusively for SOW…

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The Powerful Link Between Conserving Land and Preserving Human Health


Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, writes… “Evidence suggests that children & adults benefit so much from contact with nature that land conservation can now be viewed as a public health strategy..”

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Ancient coppiced Oak, a portal to another World… Deep Play


An illustration of how important it is that children have access to natural spaces; the closer to home the better…

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Draft NPPF – Time to look at case studies from abroad & allow public participation


We now need to read and investigate; other case studies, Agenda 21 ? & other legally binding international documentation including European convention text, published academic research, etc.

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The Ancient and Venerable Tree Hero of France – Christophe Virat


Krapo Arboricole is the largest independent blog on trees and forestry in the world. Created by one man, Christophe Virat. Here he writes exclusively for SoW.

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Why is the Government drawing battle lines over the NPPF?


Greg Clark, the minister responsible for the draft NPPF, has drafted in George Osbourne & Eric Pickles to try & quash the campaign that exists to clarify points within the proposed new framework.

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Campaigning for Everybody’s Landscape


The United Kingdom ratified the European Landscape Convention: It appears that whilst DEFRA are fully aware of the convention, are the DCLG?

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