Welcome to the Defra in the Media blog, run by the Defra group Press Office at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It's a place for us to talk about how the work the Defra Group – including Defra, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission England, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency - has been received by our stakeholders and media. It also gives us a chance to set the record straight where one or more Defra Group organisations have been misquoted or misrepresented.
Our press team also run the Natural England blog, which gives news and insight into the work Natural England do to protect our nature and landscape for us all to enjoy.
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