There are times when we get so used to uncertainty and sudden, unpredictable change that it’s hard to imagine a world where this isn’t the case. In the confusion of Covid 19, the plethora of government announcements and the barrage of laws passing through parliament in the final run-up to us leaving the EU, you could be forgiven for missing a crucial piece of legislation that has the potential to shape the future of our country for decades – the Environment Bill.
In just a few weeks all MPs will get the chance to vote on the Environment Bill in parliament. This new law should embody our aspirations for the natural world at a time when there has never been a greater public awareness of the need to turn around the tide of loss. The challenges it must address are very different from daily chaos that lockdown has brought to our lives. They are slow, insidious and hard for us to notice. The gradual disappearance of hedges, the fewer migratory birds every spring, the drip-drip disappearance of insects from our gardens and birdsong in the bushes. In short, the thinning out of our natural heritage.