Pocket parks and a plan to plant "an additional 11 million trees" proposed by Government

The Government has responded to the Natural Capital Committee's State of Natural Capital report, published in January 2015.

The response says the Government now "better understands the benefits we get from nature; recognises that the environmental assets that provide our clean air and water, opportunities for recreation, and our food and fibre, are an essential component of our nation’s infrastructure; 

It says it is able to "make better decisions about how we interact with and manage our natural environment to ensure its health and resilience so it can provide us with the benefits we need for a sustainable economy and fulfilled and productive society".

It added: "We agree with the Committee that if economic growth is to be sustained, natural capital has to be safeguarded. We agree with the aims of the Committee’s recommendation to develop a 25 year plan and government will be producing a 25 year plan for a healthy natural economy."

The Plan includes measures including spending £3 billion from the Common Agricultural Policy to "enhance England’s countryside over the next five years", planting "an additional 11 million trees" and launching "an ambitious programme of pocket parks" among a raft of other environmental proposals.

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