The government has been criticised by its post-Brexit green watchdog for falling short on its pledge to leave England’s environment in a better state by expanding forests, restoring habitats and protecting endangered species.
In a report, the Office for Environmental Protection said it had “very little good news” on ministers’ progress on reversing the fortunes of the natural environment.
England was found to be off-track for every one of 23 environmental targets identified, from clean water and air to thriving plants and wildlife.
Progress was significantly off-course for a goal of increasing the number of rivers and lakes meeting good ecological standards. “Progress has fallen far short, that’s clear. Many extremely worrying environmental trends remain unchecked, including a chronic decline in species abundance,” Dame Glenys