Liberal Democrats are the party that has campaigned on the environment the longest and we are proud of our record of delivery in Government. We have planted a million trees in the first national tree planting programme since the 1970s, launched the first pollinator strategy to protect bees and insects, created 27 marine conservation zones to protect the British coastline and are introducing a 5p charge for plastic bags this autumn to help clean up our environment and cut waste.
Our manifesto includes plans for a Nature Law which will protect the UK’s wildlife, green spaces, plants and trees, improve waste and boost recycling. We will put nature at the heart of government decision-making, making our “Natural Capital Committee” permanent, with legal status so its recommendations have to be listened to. We will protect habitats from forests to oceans, and the creatures that call them home, from bees to birds. And because we believe everyone should have access to nature, we’ll complete the coastal path around the UK, improve the Right to Roam, protect more of the local green spaces people value as National Nature Parks and create a new public body to protect our forests for future generations.