A welcome bill

CONSERVATION and nature groups have welcomed a bill on the natural environment.

The Government White Paper seeks to see the quality of local landscapes enhanced, increasing their ecological quality and the wider benefits they provide to society.

Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, John Riddle said: “The White Paper recognises the importance of National Parks in helping to set the standard in conservation management and argues for a integrated landscape scale approach in order to maximise the benefits for people and nature.”

Northumberland Wildlife Trust said it is ‘critical in setting a new direction, one in which the connections between a healthy natural environment, healthier people and a healthier economy are recognised’.