Nature

England's Green Space Gap, full report

Paul de Zylva, Chris Gordon-Smith, Mike Childs13 Sep 20201.85 MB PDF file

The full report of England's Green Space Gap including more detail, more data, and more references.

Nine principles for using our land wisely at a time of climate and nature crises

Sandra Bell01 May 2020

How we use our land sometimes seems like a 1000-piece jigsaw where we need to put the right pieces in the right places - to cut climate emissions and boost nature. It’s particularly tricky because there’s more than one correct way to complete it. In this article I propose 9 principles that fit with Friends of the Earth’s approach to tackling the climate and nature crises here and overseas – a guide to completing the jigsaw.

Finding the land to double tree cover

Guy Shrubsole with research by Chris Gordon-Smith17 Mar 2020

Is there really space in the UK to double tree cover? And where’s best to grow all those trees?

Why the Agriculture Bill must support pesticides reduction

13 Feb 2020

After being on hold for a year the Agriculture Bill came back to Parliament in January 2020. The government promises it will help farmers boost nature and tackle climate change. Will it help reverse the damage from overuse of pesticides in our countryside?

Planting more trees can help cut pesticide use

Sandra Bell17 Dec 2019

Planting trees on farms can help reduce pests and diseases and cut the need for chemicals.

Effects of pesticides on our wildlife

Paul de Zylva06 Dec 2019

It’s not only bees that are harmed by pesticides. We show how routine use of chemicals harms birds, earthworms, hedgehogs, frogs, wild plants and wider nature.

Cutting pesticides - is technology the answer?

Sandra Bell, Nature campaigner15 Nov 2019

In the first of a series of blogs on innovative farming I ask whether robots could be the solution to cutting our reliance on chemicals.

Public funding for UK trees, woodlands and forests

Paul de Zylva13 Nov 2019

Friends of the Earth analysis shows that UK governments are spending less than £1 per person per year on trees.

The Bee Cause: Are Britain’s bees and pollinators back from the brink?

Paul de Zylva, Nature campaigner04 Nov 2019

Paul de Zylva looks back at the Bee Cause campaign and assesses whether Welsh and English action plans to halt the decline of bees are working. 

Let's put the green into the green belt - now there's an idea

Paul de Zylva08 Oct 2019

Instead of building on the green belt, let’s make it green by name and green by nature. 

The future of the built environment – travel, green space and people power

24 Sep 2019

Craig Bennett shares his ideas for making cities healthier and more sustainable places with Joanna Watson. 

Government spending needed on climate and nature emergency

02 Sep 20193.2 MB PDF file

Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and others have identified that the government needs to spend £42 billion a year on climate change and nature.

Driving pesticide reduction – why the government must set ambitious targets

Sandra Bell28 Aug 2019

Will the UK government step up action on pesticides reduction in response to the current ecological crisis?

How water companies could help double tree cover

Guy Shrubsole08 Aug 2019

Could water companies use their land more effectively to help fix the climate emergency?

There’s something wrong in the countryside: rising pesticide use in the UK

05 Jun 2019

A close look at pesticide use reveals we’re treating crops more frequently and with a greater variety of chemicals than ever before – it’s time to reverse this trend and put the UK onto a trajectory of pesticide reduction.