Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Green Champions; Environment Editor Tony Henderson Talks to the Regional Boss of a New Body Determined to Champion Green Issues in the North-East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Green Champions; Environment Editor Tony Henderson Talks to the Regional Boss of a New Body Determined to Champion Green Issues in the North-East

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ONE of the North-East's most vital assets - its outstanding landscape and wildlife - will be in the care of new hands from today.

The regional launch of Natural England takes place at the Baltic in Gateshead, with the new organisation combining English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation divisions of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service arm of Defra.

It means the new body will have a formidable list of responsibilities - for protecting and enhancing the region's landscapes and wildlife, ensuring greater public access and healthy recreation opportunities in the countryside and local green spaces, delivering agri-environmental schemes and helping farmers and land managers to look after and work their holdings in an environmentally sensitive way.

It will also play a central role in climate change by ensuring that the natural environment can adapt.

A total of 122 staff are now based at Natural England's new headquarters at Newburn Riverside on the outskirts of Newcastle.

Its new regional director is Martyn Howat, who for the last 20 years has been English Nature's area manager and regional boss and who pulled no punches in outlining the impact he hopes Natural England will make on the North-East.

He said: "Natural England is not just a bolting together of old organisations. By bringing us all together we have created a really powerful environmental organisation which will do new things in new ways. We are a stand-alone organisation and we will be an environmental champion. Where we need to we will persuade, or cajole, or we will say what we need to say when we need to say it, in a constructive way.

"Natural England brings together a tremendous range of expertise, spanning wildlife conservation, landscape, land management, and enjoyment of the outdoors. …

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