How 2018 became Natural England’s annus horribilis

In the year that the government heralded the publication of its much-anticipated 25-year plan for the environment, one of the organisations that will play a key role in the strategy’s implementation has faced a series of setbacks. Catherine Early reports

Andrew Sells Natural England
Andrew Sells: outgoing chair of Natural England

For Natural England, 2018 has been a bleak year. Already weakened by budget cuts and staffing reductions in previous years, the regulator has been rocked by a series of revelations about how it has performed its key functions, as well as news of senior staff losses and proposed changes to its role from both internal and external sources. ENDS reviews Natural England’s annus horribilis.

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