todayJuly 27, 2023
Yet there are still a huge number of pieces of the jigsaw still missing. Earlier today, the UK Government announced the statutory biodiversity credits price guidelines.
A conservation covenant is an agreement between a landowner and a body like a charity or public body to do or not do something on their land for a conservation purpose.
This might be, for example, an agreement to maintain woodland and allow public access to it, or to refrain from using certain pesticides on native vegetation.
These agreements are long lasting and can continue after the landowner has parted with the land, ensuring that its conservation value is protected for the public benefit.
Conservation covenants are used in many other jurisdictions, but do not exist in the law of England and Wales.
Instead, landowners and responsible bodies are relying on complex and expensive legal workarounds, or the limited number of existing statutory covenants that enable certain covenants to be enforced by specified bodies (for example, the National Trust).
Written by: Jackie De Burca