EXCLUSIVE: Natural England shifts focus to deliver 25-Year Environment Plan

Natural England intends to reorganise the way it works into four key priority areas in a bid to improve its capacity to deliver the ambitions set out in the 25-Year Environment Plan and its Conservation 21 strategy, ENDS can reveal.

Speaking to ENDS this morning, Natural England’s deputy chief executive Alan Law said a new roadmap is being developed because it is “important to set a very clear statement of the role we will perform as government’s conservation adviser and arm’s-length body and the resource we need to be able to deliver against the 25-Year Plan”.

It is, in part, a pitch to the Treasury, making the financial case for investment in the environment and in Natural England itself, according to Law. The move will involve some changes to staffing, but so far “relatively modest shifts” have been made with people moved to work on net gain, a nature recovery network and environmental land management (ELM) guidance for farmers, he said. “More effort” will also be put into planning areas that have been “squeezed in the past” and “need stabilising”, he added.

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