A consultation on conservation covenants, voluntary agreements to protect nature, has been launched by the government today (22 February 2019).
The government is seeking views on how best to introduce conservation covenants, fulfilling a commitment made in the 25 Year Environment Plan. They are voluntary but legally-binding agreements which enable landowners to leave a permanent conservation legacy on their land for future generations.
The covenants, already used successfully in other countries, would allow landowners to make a public commitment to take positive actions to preserve and improve treasured features on their land such as trees, woodland or flower-rich meadow. They would be binding on future owners of the land and would be overseen by responsible bodies to ensure land management obligations are delivered.
The consultation closes on Friday 22nd March
To respond to the consultation, please visit the Defra consult pages here; https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/conservation-covenants/