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The most effective environmental groups, as rated by their peers

Published on the Enviromental Funders Network website on the 11th July 2017
Story by Florence Miller

Next week, Environmental Funders Network will be launching the latest research report – What the Green Groups Said: Insights from the UK Environment Sector. The report analyses responses from the chief executives of 92 environmental organisations to a survey we conducted in late 2016 and early 2017. The organisations ran the gamut from the very large to the very small, and focused on a broad array of environmental issues – everything from biodiversity conservation to climate change, sustainable agriculture to trade and finance. Together, their annual income amounted to over £1 billion.

One of the questions EFN asked respondents was, “Which non-profit UK environmental organisations (not including your own) do you think accomplish the most, given the resources at their disposal?”

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Markwells Wood Watch Public Meeting

Monday, 10th July 2017


St. John’s Church Hall  (Opposite the Harvester)
120 Redhill Road
Rowlands Castle


Markwells Wood Watch, Campaigning against oil development in the National Park

In its half-year annual accounts , UKOG have outlined plans for submitting another application at Markwells Wood. We expect this may happen any time from July-October 2017. UKOG stated that they are:

“Preparing to resubmit planning application for an appraisal well, extended flow testing and further production wells and will seek environmental permit from the Environment Agency.

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Meadows urgently need our protection

A wild flower meadow, Picture by Trevor Dines for Sussex Wildlife Trust

Ray Cobbett from Havant Friends of the Earth

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 4th July 2017


AN estimated 97 per cent of England’s meadows – one-and-a-half times the size of Wales – have been lost since the Second World War.

Reports that one of Havant’s last remaining meadows at Langstone could be allocated to meeting the council’s housing targets adds weight to local as well as national concern.

Despite the word ‘meadow’ appearing throughout English literature and being featured in thousands of road names, most of us would be hard put to find one even with the aid of a global positioning system (GPS).

A meadow in high summer, full of wild flowers such as harebell, scabious and oxe-eye daisies, not to mention wild grasses, is one of the delights of nature.

Meadows are not only a repository for wild plants, they are also home to more than 100 insect species providing food for birds, bees and butterflies whose natural habitats are seriously threatened by the widespread over use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

The now-annual National Meadows Day, coordinated by Plantlife, a partnership of 11 organisations, aims to raise public awareness of the value of meadows everywhere.

Restoration projects are under way in various parts of the country, although hardly any in Hampshire.

Plantlife provides a wealth of information on how to create or restore meadowland and there may be funding available for viable projects.

It is often said that development is a fact of life and that we must keep pace with the needs of a growing population.

In towns like Havant developments such as the one recently approved in the former Emsworth gap press hard on protected land with more than a dozen sensitive sites less that 500 metres away.

There is a Local Biodiversity Plan, but, as with similar plans, it has become mostly a file-and-forget exercise.

Future generations plainly need somewhere to live but equally they need somewhere local to enjoy and re-connect with nature.

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