Environment: Uplands

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Natural England report Vital Uplands: Natural England's vision for the upland environment in 2060.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

Natural England's report on the vision for the upland environment in 2060 is a helpful contribution to the debate on the future of the English uplands. The English uplands are some of our most iconic areas, providing vital environmental benefits in the form of biodiversity, natural resource protection and valued historic landscapes. The Government remain committed to supporting upland farmers in England for their crucial role in maintaining the upland landscape and environment. This is why we will shortly be launching our new upland entry level stewardship scheme to reward farmers for environmentally beneficial land management practices, with the first agreements starting from July 2010.

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