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The highest ever proportion of Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments were released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) this month, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice announced today.

Britain faces a future of water shortages, and lasting environmental damage, with some rivers running dry, unless attitudes to water use change, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman cautioned today.

Water companies and the public need to plan now for a summer drought to minimise the impacts of a potentially dry winter, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today.

 

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Dry weather conditions and low water levels remain a concern across England and drought continues to affect many regions moving into winter, the Environment Agency said today in its latest drought management report

 

The Localism Act could do much to put local people in control on planning - but only if their hands are not tied by the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

 

With less than half the normal rainfall during September and October in Northamptonshire, South Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, the Environment Agency is asking people to take action now so there is enough water to go around next year

 

A new £20 million fund to help rural businesses increase profits and reduce their impact on the environment has been launched today by Agriculture Minister Jim Paice

 

Twenty two areas across England have been given funding by Defra to help them become a Local Nature Partnership (LNP)

 

Staff at Natural England’s Holkham National Nature Reserve have discovered what is thought to be only the second established breeding area in Britain for the mysterious yet savage antlion, an insect whose larvae excavate cone-like pits and lurk in wait for other insect prey. And its numbers on site appear to be increasing

 

Millions of trees could be lost to disease in the UK in the next few years unless urgent action is taken, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman warned today

 

The Mayor of London has today announced the first details of the new board for the The Royal Parks, with the aim to give Londoners a far greater say

 

Heritage groups provide a strong voice for local communities but more is needed to strengthen this work

 

Fobney Island, in Reading is being transformed into a wetland haven for nature thanks to a £500,000 facelift.The project will see the island turned into a rich new wetland and wildflower hay-meadow habitat

 
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