Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 200 - 201)

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001

MR S THOMAS, MR D MARKHAM AND MR P GILLILAND

  200. On the roads which I travel around in the South East, which are heavily used, I am always amazed at how appalling the verges are. Do you ever get called in to try to give them some advice on what they can do to make those roads look nicer for the people who are actually using them?
  (Mr Markham) The whole issue of landscape and aesthetics and appeal of the roadside verge is more an issue for the Countryside Agency rather than English Nature.

  201. You are really there to protect the wild animals and things.
  (Mr Thomas) And plants. The fact is that they plan to manage their estate according to the biodiversity action plan. What we shall be doing is identifying some key species, some key habitats which they can actually put effort into and will get the wildlife back and some of the landscape things you are identifying and saying are nice are probably those very typical habitats and species which we shall be encouraging them to plant and manage in the biodiversity action plans they promise they are going to deliver on.

  Chairman: Thank you very much indeed. Frogs of the world unite. Thank you very much for giving us evidence.





 
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