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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. 

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 …