Explainer: What are conservation covenants and will they become law?

Conservation covenants are back on the government’s policy agenda as a method for underpinning net gain. Here is everything you need to know about them...

Pile of books
Covenants are legal promises and there are two types: restrictive and positive

The outgoing chair of Natural England, Andrew Sells, wrote a farewell blog in January in which he argued for conservation covenants to be “put on the statute book”.


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