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Plastic bags sales down by 90% following government 5p charge, decision on metaldehyde and RPA payments

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Today's blog looks at the success of the 5p plastic bag charge as the Environment Secretary reveals bag sales are down by 90% since it the charge was introduced. Furthermore, the Rural Payments Agency confirms that overdue agri-environment claims have been fully paid, we provide clarification on government reconsideration of metaldehyde ban and National Parks Minister, Lord Garner, visits New Forest Show. 

Environment Secretary visits waste-fighting primary school and consultation on the close season for coarse fishing

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Photograph of Clear Public Space’s Luke Douglas-Home, pupils at Wilberforce Primary School, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and a teacher at Wilberforce primary school.

We look at the Environment Secretary's visit to a waste-fighting primary school and the Environment Agency's consultation on the future of the close season for coarse fishing.

Environment Secretary backs Telegraph plans for green football clubs and the Fisheries Bill gets a second reading

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An image of fishing boats in a harbour against a grey sky.

The Environment Secretary has given his support to the Telegraph's campaign to encourage Premier league football clubs to go green and the Fisheries Bill gets its second reading.

Thursday 3 May: Kew reopens world’s largest Victorian greenhouse, rise in farming incomes, and sports grounds crack-down on plastics

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Kew reopens world’s largest Victorian greenhouse Kew Gardens has today reopened its Temperate House – the world’s largest Victorian greenhouse – after a five-year restoration project. The vast greenhouse is now home to a geographically arranged collection of 10,000 plants …