What does the future hold for Devon’s Natural Environment?

With the implications of the UK leaving the EU much on everyone’s mind, Harry Barton, Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust, came to talk to us in February about the future of Devon’s natural environment outside of Europe.   

Harry explain how fortunate we are in Devon - we’re the only county with two coasts and have a wealth of wildlife sites.  Our beautiful natural environment contributes greatly to both our economy and our wellbeing. Clearly, leaving the EU is going to have an impact on how that environment is protected and looked after. Currently, much of the protection our most precious sites have comes from European directives.  The Common Agricultural Policy also provides farmers with money to preserve wildlife and enables farming to take place on land that might otherwise not be profitable. But Harry was optimistic that there is plenty of opportunity to ensure our environment continues to be as well protected in the future as in the past.  In the post talk Q& A was able to give some advice on how to make sure this happens – including how important it is that we continually make our MPs aware of how much environmental concerns matter to us. We were pleased to again fill the B-Bar for the talk, with over 40 peopel attending