Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Articles written by DEFRA staff about the department and innovative projects it is involved in.

Trust in the People - the Canal and River Trust

The Public Bodies Reform Programme will reduce government administration costs by more than £2.6bn. One of the bodies transferred to the voluntary sector under the programme was the Canal & River Trust. Its chairman Tony Hales and Peter Unwin, Director General at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), describe the challenges and benefits of turning a national treasure into a charitable trust.

Reform in Europe — saving our fish and chips

The European Union Common Fisheries Policy had failed. Neil Hornby, Head of Sea Fisheries at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, tells how the UK helped turn that failure round. "For years people said the Common Fisheries Policy …