The leader of a Dorset-based agricultural organisation has responded to the government’s 25-year green plan to protect and enhance the environment. In a speech last Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the landmark plans which aim to leave the country in a better state within a generation. The Countryside Land and Business Association (CLA) has responded to the proposals and Will Bond, CLA Dorset branch chairman and landowner, says farmers and landowners will play a “crucial role” in delivering on the vision set out by the Prime Minister. He said: “The plan acknowledges the range of ‘public goods’ that are delivered across our countryside. It is farmers and landowners that deliver these ‘goods’ from investing in improving soil quality, to reducing flooding risks to homes and businesses and managing woodland. “For instance, here in Dorset, sensitive and responsible management of the environment and landscape is a vital element of maintaining a strong visitor economy. “It’s something that CLA members have been doing for generations and continue to do effectively today working in Partnership with the AONB team and Natural England.” Mr Bond said the Dorset CLA has welcomed linkages made in the 25-year environmental plan to ‘grand challenges’ set out… Read full this story
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