Today, the government launched its Natural Environment White Paper. This document is a vision for how we value and use nature, now and in the future. The public was
heavily involved in the White Paper's creation. Thousands of suggestions came from individuals and small local naturalist groups, right up to large national NGOs and bodies like the National Trust.
This shows that concern for nature is alive and well in Britain. The paper was launched by Caroline Spelman; but, crucially, it received input from Greg Clark from Communities and Local Government
and Norman Baker from Transport. The Treasury have also been close partners.
The proposals seek to reconnect people with nature. This includes outside learning for school children so they can better understand how food gets from field to fork and to instil greater respect
for the environment in our towns and countryside.