Environment Secretary publishes draft Environment Bill
Yesterday the Environment Secretary Michael Gove published the first draft of the Environment Bill that is to be introduced next year.
Announced by the Prime Minister in July, the Environment Bill aims to create a new framework for environmental governance once Britain exits the EU. It sets out to do so through the establishment of a new environmental watchdog, new domestic laws to take the place of EU environmental legislation and by giving the 25 Year Environment Plan statutory status so that government are more accountable to delivering it.
Sara Lom, Chief Executive of The Tree Council, said:
“The Draft Environment Bill is a great start, strengthening green governance post-Brexit and giving parliament a strong mandate to deliver the 25 Year Environment Plan. However it’s essential the final Bill includes a legal duty to develop the English Tree Strategy announced by the Environment Secretary in November, and that this Strategy protects and promotes not only forests and woodlands but also city trees and our vital national hedgerow corridor. We look forward to being part of conversations outlining the who, what, when, where, why of tree planting in order to grow tree cover as part of the UK’s environmental commitments.”
Further consultations are planned for the Bill early in 2019.