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Government WORLD


Autumn 2012 Edition



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Contents Majestic community mausolea


Environmental audit committee publishes report on protecting the arctic

Père lachaise cemetery


Water feature management


Information for procurement


The majestic memorial mausolea


Chiltern memorial bench collection


Brighter later


Audit commission announces £50 million annual savings for public bodies


Summer 2012 was the wettest in 100 years

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New plans to assess uk progress towards sustainable future


Employment law reform

Moving forward with confidence


When a gargoyle is not a gargoyle


The italian job


Industrial strategy must embed environmental sustainability


£1Billion to improve council homes set to boost economy


Home is where the heath is for Galloways


Minister launches new ‘stop-the-clock’ power to save local treasures




Red tape challenge


Mps challenge “greenest government Ever” to put nature at heart of economy


Cabinet offi ce stands up for small and medium sized enterprises (smes)


Mps say government must do more to keep public safe online


Energy risks need better explanation by government and regulators


New low cost pension to help millions save for retirement


Welters® caskets


Worshipful company of Furniture Makers


New majestic community mausoleum installed to meet demand


Research highlights link between Environmental Stewardship and food security


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BROOKWOOD CEMETERY Glades House, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, GU24 0BL

Majestic Community Mausolea Introducing exciting new mausolea interment opportunities at Brookwood Cemetery. Each welters速 Majestic Community Mausolea provides 48 full body interment spaces as well as niches for cremated remains interments. Both types of interment include large granite front tablets for memorial inscription and ornamentation purposes. The scheme is in association with Welters Organisation Worldwide and Brookwood Cemetery.

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Rememberland™ welters® Social Website Offered free by welters® Rememberland is a place for members to store and relive memories. Rememberland allows you to upload and share personal photographs and music, link to videos and record memories in a journal/blog If you would like to take advantage of this service please go to: and ll in the online application form. All Your Memories in One Place™

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Père Lachaise Cemetery Covering 110 acres, Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and arguably the most visited cemetery in the world. The grounds are awash with impressive tombs and mausolea, each with its own carved detailing or sculpture, lending an individuality to each structure and an eclectic variant in architectural inuences which is most inspiring. The cemetery was opened in 1804 and celebrated its bicentenary in 2004. At the time of its opening it was considered that the cemetery was situated too far from the city of Paris and attracted few funerals. To counteract this the cemetery administrators devised a marketing strategy which included transferring the remains of famous dignitaries and reinterring them at Père Lachaise. This strategy soon saw an increase in use as the people of Paris could now aspire to buried among its famous citizens.

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The cemetery is still functional today and boasts a crematorium and large columbarium. It is also still possible to be buried in the grounds although there is a waiting list and the deceased must either have died in Paris or lived there.

Information for Tenders and Procurement We are the largest and demonstrably most experienced single specialist manufacturer and installer of burial chamber and Mausoleum systems in the UK, with over 20 years of specialist experience to the industry, we believe we can offer you overall unrivalled cost, specication and service advantages. We can also offer you full cemetery design, manufacture and install proposals for any memorial and interment service option provision in respect of full body and cremated remains interment, above or below ground to any specication. Although many councils are now using online tender portals, many of which we are registered with, we would like to ensure that we miss no opportunity in making sure all council procurement departments are at least aware of who we are and what we can offer. If your procedures allow, we would request that if you are purchasing any future systems for memorialisation and/or interment, that we be included in the procurement and requisition process in order that we may forward our proposals to achieve the best results for you. This can also include welters® nanced options on a ‘pay as you go’ strategy, and our professional support in helping you with your overall forward cemetery management strategy as part of our professional package. We are servicing Local Authorities nationwide and are well placed to offer you excellent value locally.

Recent changes in the procurement policy of many Local Authorities means that the onus is on our company to ensure we are registered with the relevant ‘eTender’ website. welters® do not want to miss any tender opportunities so please contact us so we can make sure we are correctly registered with your eTender portal.

We look forward to receiving tender opportunities and to being of assistance to you in the future.


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Chiltern Memorial Bench Collection Memorial benches that grow with your needs

Memorial bench standard model

Memorial bench with extended base plinth and planters

The welters® Chiltern Memorial Bench provides a range of affordable solutions for commemorative and memorial seating arrangements. The memorial bench collection comprises a range of options beginning with the standard bench and plinth arrangement with two inscription plaques on the back rest. Upgraded versions include end planters and extended base plinth.

Niche and Keepsake arrangement

Memorial bench with full niche and planter specication

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Keepsake niche option

A unique feature is the optional addition of four cremated remains niches providing two interments in each niche. These can also be enclosed in an attractive polished stainless steel frame furnished with toughened glass and used as keepsake storage niches for photographs, owers and memorabilia. Made in England The Chiltern Memorial Bench Collection is manufactured in welters® UK factory using high quality stone and polished granite creating an adaptable and elegant addition to their furniture range.

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Audit Commission announces details of £50 million annual savings for public bodies

New plans to assess UK progress towards sustainable future

only from the outsourcing of the work of the Commission's in-house Audit Practice, but also from the £19 million a year savings the Commission has made through its The UK’s progress towards sustainable long-term economic growth and social own internal efficiencies. wellbeing will be easier for people to track under new plans announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The combination of outsourcing The Audit Commission has and efficiency means that until Defra has launched a consultation on a new set of Sustainable Development announced the reduced scale at least 2017/18 England's local Indicators (SDIs) providing an overview of the UK’s progress towards a more audit fees it will charge individual public bodies will have £50 million sustainable economy, society, and environment. councils, health and other public more a year to spend on their The indicators will make it easier for people to monitor if the UK is developing in bodies for five years from 2012/13. services. a sustainable way and help Government see where more work needs to be done. of the Audit Updates will be published annually with a scorecard showing whether progress is in Nearly 800 of the larger local Chairman public bodies in the Commission's Commission, Michael O'Higgins the right direction. regime will save a total of £250 says: 'We are now able to put the million over the five years, for most detail on the savings that will flow Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “We want to help our economy, our a 40 per cent cut on current rates. from the procurement of public communities and the environment to grow and flourish in a sustainable way for the audit announced last month, and benefit of future generations. We have put sustainability at the heart of everything that Public bodies set to benefit from the Commission's own belt- the Government does, and these new indicators will help us take stock of our progress and give the public the means to chart our success. At Rio+20 we successfully argued include single-tier, county and tightening. for the need for countries to look beyond their economic performance as a measure district councils, fire and rescue authorities, police authorities, 'We are pleased to have delivered a of progress. These indicators along with the measures of wellbeing underline our NHS trusts, primary care trusts, more diversified audit market, with own commitment to going beyond GDP to measure the health and wealth of the UK.” strategic health authorities, savings that clearly demonstrate national parks authorities, waste the benefits of the Commission's Assessments on our use of natural resources, and the skills and knowledge we disposal authorities, integrated national bulk purchasing power. possess, are amongst the new measurements proposed. Twelve headline measures transport authorities, passenger These lower fees, fixed for five are supported by 25 supplementary indicators. transport executives, and pension years irrespective of inflation, will help public bodies at a time when The revised Sustainable Development Indicators will be used alongside the national fund authorities. budgets are under pressure ' wellbeing measures developed by the Office for National Statistics, and work on valuations of our natural resources, to provide a wide set of measures to view how Each of these organisations will be able to see online how much it Audit fees are the principal way society is progressing. Taken together, these measures demonstrate the UK’s leading will pay in scale audit fees for the the Audit Commission finances role in championing the need to move beyond GDP as the sole measure of progress, next five years, and compare with its activities, and it has a statutory which received international recognition at Rio+20. duty to cover its costs taking one similar and neighbouring bodies. year with another. Previous SDIs have been widely used outside of Government by academics, NGOs and businesses. This consultation will give these groups the opportunity to give us These substantial cuts come not their views and feedback on the new proposed SDIs. Page 8

Moving Forward with Condence

welters® are excited and proud to announce another 5 year frame work contract award, from yet another major London Authority, for the provision of their unique and specialist services, demonstrating their relevant and cost effective delivery capability. welters® are also pleased to enclose images which illustrate their ‘real’ and ‘active’ daily commitment to investing in development to enhance the ‘funeral experience’ as part of their service package. welters® are committed to investing in the development of exciting new systems and products from their own in-house UK manufacturing facilities which guarantees cost effectiveness and sustainability. These ongoing developments demonstrate and support welters® ability to offer bespoke and relevant design, manufacture, installation, multi faith and function service provision schemes supported by their dedicated and specialist on site interment, inscription and maintenance teams. These schemes can be part, or fully funded to achieve maximum impact with minimum investment. Call today for a site specic discussion.

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recruitment in the 1950s by the London Brick Company and by 1960 approximately 7,500 Italian men were employed by London Brick in Bedford alone. These communities have very strong inherent Catholic drivers and beliefs that dominate their culture and forward momentum through the generations.

Six interment Chapel Mausolea

It is more a question of the colour of the doors as opposed to blowing them off! When asked to write about our experience with “the Italian phenomenon” that we work with every day, we were pleased to be able to share a little insight into our experience with Italian communities throughout the UK. By Iain Welters

There are many thousands of Italians now living in the UK with thriving communities and a well developed Anglo Italian or ‘Britalian’ cultural identity. Post war Italian settlers are traditionally known for their ice cream, fish and chips, pizza and pasta restaurants, delis and shops. There are also large “pockets” of Italian communities that settled and thrived within other more

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We have been privileged to have worked with many Italian user groups now, providing solutions to allow them to fulfil some of their most important core beliefs here in the UK for nearly 15 years. The first of these was in Bedford, where a small group came forward to commission the very first small block of community mausolea, designed as a relatively “inexpensive” municipal above ground interment solution not really appreciating how these solutions would take off. The rest is history.

“heavy industries” to assist with the great post war reconstruction effort. The largest settlement is in London with over 50.000 people of Italian birth residing followed by Manchester with 25,000.

The challenge for the design and installation was that it had to be LACO compliant and finish at a cost that was relevant to their desired spend at the time. The result was achieving a figure of around £1000 per interment before the cemetery authority applied its fees and charges, and most importantly to be relevant to need. Now that we have established and opened up the market, much has changed and we now understand the full breadth and depth of that need. Rather like coffee in this country. (It’s just a cup of coffee isn’t it?)

Bedford has over 14,000 people of Italian origin and at 20% boasts one of the highest concentrations of Italian immigrants in the UK created mainly as a result of labour

Midi mausolea, maxi mausolea, community, back to back, side charging, front charging, coliseum concave, convex, courtyard, embankment, two below one up, two below two up, keepsake niche frames, walk in family chapel, columns, buttresses, green roof,

On-site burial chamber consultation

Keith and Iain Welters meeting attendees at their Cemetery Village® open day event

apex, decorative stone, brick, block granite, glass, lighting, on site back-up support services, interment booking, exhumations from burial chambers to mausolea, bricking up, tablet inscriptions, bronzes... this is a small part of our daily vocabulary with local and private authority managers, funeral directors and with Italian families directly. Bespoke oneoff works are as significant and regular as our full cemetery design

Bricking up into a community mausoleum prior to tablet fitting on the day of interment carried out by welters®

and build works and equally rewarding. My own personal sense of total and intense satisfaction comes from being in a position to be assisting families at arguably the most difficult time of their lives, and from being able to take the smallest amount of pain away for even a second, making our part so worth while. I find myself on a regular basis in the front room of

Classic decorative stone front tablets inscribed with bronze ornamentation with independently removable granite plaque post interment

Italian family homes where they have invited all of their extended family members over to meet “the man who is going to take care of things”. If your heart is not on your sleeve it’s not happening!

environment. It does work! Respect those who have passed and there is more of a tendency to respect those who are still with and around us every day. We could all learn a lot from this dignified and deep rooted core belief.

Our efforts are always rewarded by the expression of the significance of our achievement and the reinforcement of their fundamental belief that is critical for frequent pilgrimage and memoriam. The belief that respect should be paid daily if possible as if the deceased were still with us is refreshing in that they should not be forgotten or left out of the day-to-day loop. I firmly believe that this basic respect should be encouraged and replicated throughout society (from young to old). Young people could be helped to have a concept of their own mortality, and to understand the effect of their actions on others around them and their

The perspective of priority that we have experienced by many Italian families driven by a morality and spirituality and an innate desire to create a single focal point not just for themselves and immediate family, but past, present and future generations and for all of the known and as yet unknown extended family is clearly apparent. We worked with a particular family who had saved systematically over the years to purchase a large family mausoleum. Family emphasis is commonly placed on careful investment in the interest of the whole family (through saving money that might have easily been spent elsewhere) on the provision of family mausolea for the future. This would create focus and an important interment and memorial facility to cater to all eventualities but most importantly to be a social meeting point for young and old alike providing a dignified and centred core to the family unit for generations to come. An admirable and selfless act to bring the family together long term.

Burial Chamber Interment

The most common and enduring sense of comfort and reassurance that is drawn by the Italian community from our work with them is that they can realise their own comprehensive wishes. Bespoke personal design choices without complicated procedure, at a difficult time with the help of caring and expertise is the key to peace of mind. It is now well known Page 11

that we have the ability to “make it all happen” . It is as common for us to be discussing the design and build of a large 12 interment walkin family chapel mausoleum as it is to be cladding a single burial chamber with one memorial with equal importance and feeling. As with “importing” any concept, system or procedure into this country (or any other for that matter) it is never a question of simply looking at that what occurs and how it is done in Italy and attempting to transpose that here, if that was the case everyone would find it achievable!. It is absolutely critical to the relationship success that the “magic” ingredient is an integral part of the mix. What is the magic ingredient? We believe after many years that it is the ability to identify and implement design solutions and support services that are relevant interpretations. These

Six interment Tiber Mausolea interior following interment

Granite mausoleum plaque with bronze feature, lamps and vase furnishings

Front charging mausolea with stone obelisk decoration

issues naturally involve all factors like legislation, climate, material specification, unit cost spend ceilings, handling restrictions and procedures etc. Environmental issues, on-going maintenance and localised cultural interment and memorial preferences specifically developed for the UK market are all essential factors to be considered professionally. In other words; we interpret the ideas of what they want without

presuming what we think they should have. Our service is tailored to suit the needs of both the Italian community and the cemetery operator and is designed to work here on all levels. Our confidence in understanding these needs thoroughly, coupled with the total control of our inhouse design, manufacturing and installation programmes has given us the ability to offer cemetery operators inspired part and fully funded projects. This opportunity can produce positive cashflow without significant capital investment from the cemetery operator to initiate these very important service provision option schemes.

Six interment Chapel mausolea with casket ready to inter

An amazing side and front charging combination community mausolea scheme with canopy and romanesque columns

Large scale community mausolea scheme

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Large scale community mausolea scheme

£1billion to improve council homes set to boost economy

Minister launches new 'stop-the-clock' power to save local treasures

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has confirmed nearly £1billion to bring sub-standard council homes up to scratch - while at the same time offering a boost to local businesses up and down the country.

Communities Minister Don Foster has legally authorised new powers for communities to help prevent the rapid sell off of treasured community assets and buildings so they can be protected.

The Minister said that the funding, to be allocated to 41 councils over the next two years - would bring over 86,000 homes up to a decent living standard. And with reports in some areas that every pound spent on Decent Homes improvements creates £1.46 in local spend through orders to tradesmen and suppliers in the area, he said the cash would also help kickstart the economy, supporting local tradesmen and creating new jobs. Today's investment secures the future until the end of this Parliament of the Decent Homes Programme, confirming the indicative allocations made in 2011. The cash will help councils bring their homes up to a decent standard, from fitting new roofs and windows to updating kitchens or heating systems. Mr Prisk said that this new construction and skilled work would provide a shot in the arm

for thousands of local businesses and tradesmen, supporting the Government's measures to boost British jobs and the economy. He is also keen to explore bringing forward some of this funding to councils to help boost their economies through local investment in decent homes. Officials will shortly be in touch with councils to see what may be done to achieve this. The Minister said that spending money earlier would help boost local employment as early as possible, as well as delivering home improvements for tenants ahead of schedule. Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: "By improving this country's council homes we will transform many families' lives for the better, bringing their living standards up to scratch ensuring that their home is the safe haven it is meant to be. But the benefits of the £1billion I've confirmed today reach far beyond tenants themselves and into the local economy. With every pound spent on improvements boosting local business, creating new jobs and supporting local spending, I want to see councils realising the benefits of this cash as soon as possible."

The Community Right to Bid, created in the historic Localism Act, came into force 21st September across the country so communities can 'stop-the clock' on the sale of valuable local assets and amenities like post offices, village shops or community pubs, giving them time to put in a takeover bid of their own and protect it for the wider community's benefit. The new right gives voluntary and community organisations and parish councils the opportunity to nominate an asset to be included on a list of 'assets of community value', pausing the sale of a successfully listed asset for six-months, giving communities the time to prepare a bid and get a business plan together. Previously the community had no opportunity or time to gather resources to bid to buy or take them over. Communities Minister Don Foster said: "For too long communities have been shut out, forced to watch from the sidelines as treasured local assets, vital in peoples daily lives, have been shut-down and sold on. We are determined to put an end to that and put people back at the centre of the future of their communities. The Community Right to bid lets communities decide what's important to them and 'stop the clock' on sales so they have them the time to get together a bid, put together a plan and ensure that prized local assets can live on, this time run by the local community for the local community." Communities are already showing their determination and appetite to get involved in saving and running local facilities and amenities and over 500 people are looking into using the Right to Bid in their community. • In Norden, local people formed a Trust to buy and refurbish the historic old library building and reopen it as a community facility. The group purchased the lease form the Local authority and since then the building has been transformed into a modern community hub and a doctors surgery. • In Cranleigh, the community is already planning to use the Community Right to Bid to return the first village hospital in the community back into the hands of the local people to provide support to the elderly in the community and ensure that the long history of the building as a community facility can continue. The Community Right to Bid, is just one of the Community Rights measures brought in by the Localism Act. In June, the Government announced a £30million package of specialist support to help communities take advantage of their new rights. Page 13

Red Tape Challenge Health and safety regulations are designed to protect employees, employers and the public from harm arising from work activities. The Red Tape Challenge is a Government initiative offering people the opportunity to have their say on regulations that affect their everyday lives. Health and Safety regulation is one of six cross cutting themes open to comments from the public throughout the whole of the Red Tape Challenge campaign, but from 30 June, for a period of three weeks, it will be a key focus on the challenge website. The regulations have been divided into four different categories to enable people to comment on those most relevant to them or their area of work.

Cabinet Office stands up for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Confusing tenders and bureaucratic public procurement have been laid bare in the latest Mystery Shopper results, published by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. The results show that the Cabinet Office has stepped in and stood up for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), resolving a total of 14 cases over the past three months. The initiative allows business owners to report instances where SMEs or other suppliers are shut out of the market so that the Cabinet Office can investigate and deal with them, opening up the market for SMEs. The results published by the Cabinet Office show: •

• Health and safety should be proportionate to risk and the regulations •

should reflect that. The government has already started reforms to health and safety and the Red Tape Challenge will enable everyone to have their say on the regulations underpinning Great Britain's health and safety culture, whether they work in the field of health and safety or have experience of the regulation as an employee, business owner or member of the public.

14 new Mystery Shopper cases were resolved between June and September 2011 85 per cent of cases (12) resulted in either immediate or future changes to the tender pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) are still the most common issue (5 out of the 14 cases), followed by unfair disqualification on financial pre requirements (2) of the two cases that did not result in action, one was resolved without Cabinet Office intervention and the other tender was investigated and found to be sound

Since its launch, Mystery Shopper has received over 80 cases, almost half of these are already resolved (37), with Cabinet Office action leading to direct changes in procurement in 81 per cent of cases. For example, a small coffee roasting business was unable to bid for a tender because it lacked the resources to respond to an The HSE want to hear from everyone, whether you think that a regulation unnecessarily lengthy and complicated PQQ. Cabinet Office action via Mystery is well designed and provides vital protections, or if you think that a Shopper led to the contracting authority shortening the PQQ. regulation is badly planned, badly implemented or simply a bad idea. In another instance, only pre-selected suppliers could bid for a contract. Following Cabinet Office advice, the contracting authority opened its tender to all suppliers. Further information can be found at:

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said: “This is yet another lever, in addition to our actions to scrap unnecessary PQQs and publish all contracts on contracts finder. We will continue to publish these cases regularly so that issues are transparent.” Stephen Allott, Crown Representative for SMEs, said: “The voices of SMEs are getting through to government thanks to the Mystery Shopper initiative, and problems are being dealt with. There is always more to do, but we are on the right path to a more dynamic, transparent and innovative supplier marketplace, which will lead to better government services and better value for money for taxpayers. But we want to hear more – if you spot poor practice this service can make a difference, and we want to hear from you. Page 14

Energy risks need better explanation by Government and regulators according to MPs

Independent regulators should take a more prominent role in communicating the risks associated with energy generation and distribution because the Government is not seen as an impartial source of information, according to MPs on the Science and Technology Committee. Public distrust of governments as providers of risk information is evident across Europe. The UK Government's position as an advocate for nuclear power makes it difficult for the public to trust it as an impartial source of information. Technically competent public bodies that

are independent of Government - such as the Health & Safety Executive and Office for Nuclear Regulation - are in a much better position to engender public trust and influence risk perceptions. The Committee calls on these regulators to make greater efforts to communicate risk to the public and develop their role as trusted sources of information for lay people, in addition to providing risk information for technical audiences. Andrew Miller MP said: "The public must be able to trust the information it receives on the

the public were left with a confusing picture of the real risks from the accident partly because it was classed as the same magnitude. Although tens of thousands died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, to date nobody has died, or received a life-threatening dose of Developing the public profile of independent regulators as trusted radiation, from the Fukushima nuclear accident and no one is expected to. and authoritative sources may be The accident has made it clear that the one way of increasing public trust International Nuclear and Radiological Event and understanding of such risks." Scale is not up-to-the-job. The International Atomic Energy Agency should come up The report also warns that there with a better and more accurate way of is a lack of strategic coordination across Government when it comes communicating the risks involved in any future nuclear accident." to risk communication. A senior individual in Government should The global body responsible for the lead a Risk Communication International Nuclear and Radiological Event Strategy team, drawing together Scale (INES) should review the scale focusing existing expertise within on how to: Departments and public bodies better represent orders of magnitude; – and be visibly responsible for make the scale comprehensible to nonoverseeing risk communication. technical audiences; Furthermore, the decision to class ensure the technical basis of the scale the Fukushima at the same 'Level incorporates sufficient information about risk as well as hazard. Seven' magnitude as Chernobyl - despite there being significantly lower levels of radioactive material The report also calls on regulators and other released into the atmosphere and information sources to emphasise to the public that exceeding recommended minimal no deaths directly attributable to radiation exposure levels may not pose any the accident - demonstrates the risk to people or the environment – and that need to revise the scale used to safety thresholds may allow for significantly communicate the magnitude of greater radiation exposure to occur without nuclear accidents, according to significant risk to health or the environment. the report. risks of nuclear power and other energy technologies – such as fracking or carbon capture and storage.

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welters® Caskets welters® have designed their own exclusive range of decorative caskets for full burial and cremated remains interment. The design includes their trademark doves, leaves and buttery motifs and they are available in antique bronze and polished stainless steel nishes or a combination of the two. The introduction of these new products not only provides extra choice in quality caskets for the bereaved but also provides a UK manufactured and distributed product for Funeral Directors who traditionally source decorative caskets from the USA.

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welters® caskets now offer a viable alternative with UK manufacturing supplying UK business which in turn creates and protects UK jobs.

New Majestic Community Mausoleum Installed to Meet Demand As Burial Authorities across the UK provide wider choices of interment for their service users, the demand for these services are on the increase. Above ground burial in the form of mausolea is nothing new and the name of weltersÂŽ latest community mausoleum reďƒ&#x;ects the long history of this form of interment. Mausolea interments are on the increase and as such as second Mausolus was commissioned to meet this growing need. The Majestic Community Mausoleum oers front and side charging positions with a total of 48 burial cells and an additional 54 niches for cremated remains caskets. Much of the remaining spaces have already been pre-purchased and the Burial Authority are planning a further two Mausolus to keep ahead of demand.

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In fact this form of burial is so popular in the local community that an interment was carried out even before construction work had been completed! welters® are now constructing mausolea across the UK and as the public become more aware of the choices available to them, the increase in demand is set to continue. The heyday of mausolea construction was in the Victorian period which has left a rich heritage of magnicent monuments. The twentieth century saw a dramatic decline in this form of interment and many Burial Authorities offered little choice between earthen burial and brick vaulted graves and greatly restricted the size and type of memorial that could be erected Low maintenance ‘lawn type’ utility style headstones were installed in their thousands stripping cemeteries of their character and reducing the ability of the bereaved to express their individuality in tribute to a loved one.

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Thankfully this is now slowly changing and the opportunity for individuals to create truly monumental structures serving generations is now widely accepted and encouraged by many forward thinking Authorities.

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Environmental Audit Committee publishes report on Protecting the Arctic The Environmental Audit Committee has published the report of its inquiry into Protecting the Arctic and calls for a halt on oil drilling until: • •

A pan-Arctic oil spill response standard is in place A stricter financial liability regime for oil and gas operations is introduced that requires companies to prove that they can meet the costs of cleaning up An oil and gas industry group is set up to peer-review companies' spill response plans and operating practices, reporting publicly Further independent research and testing on oil spill response techniques in Arctic conditions is conducted, including an assessment of their environmental sideeffects An internationally recognised environmental sanctuary is established in at least part of the Arctic

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the Arctic would be exceptionally difficult. The infrastructure to mount a big clean-up operation is simply not in place and conventional oil spill response techniques have not been proven to work in such severe conditions. Drilling is only currently feasible in the Arctic during a short summer window when it is relatively icefree. We heard compelling evidence that if a blow-out occurred just before the dark Arctic winter returned it may not be possible to cap it until the following summer - potentially leaving oil spewing out under the ice for six months or more with devastating consequences for wildlife" The report also looks at the effect that climate change is having on the Arctic. It warns that a collapse in summer Arctic seaice, increased methane emissions from thawing permafrost, melting of the Greenland ice-sheet and changes to the thermohaline circulation could all have disastrous consequences for the world - pushing up sea levels and transforming weather patterns.

already affecting the UK's weather, according to evidence submitted to the inquiry. The UK is warming more slowly when compared with the rest of continental Europe, as the decrease in the thermo-haline circulation means that less heat is being brought to Britain by the Gulf Stream. Chair of the Committee, Joan Walley MP, added: "The shocking speed at which the Arctic sea ice is melting should be a wake-up call to the world that we need to phase out fossil fuels fast. Instead we are witnessing a reckless gold rush in this pristine wilderness as big companies and governments make a grab for the world's last untapped oil and gas reserves." The report points out that there are already more proven fossil fuel reserves in the world, than can be burnt safely if we want to keep global temperature rises below dangerous thresholds. The MPs accuse the Government of failing to demonstrate how future oil and gas extraction from the Arctic can be reconciled to commitments to limit the overall temperature increase to 2oC. and they call on it to rethink its approach to combating climate change by tackling the supply of fossil fuels, as well as demand.

Temperature rises in the Arctic are Caroline Lucas MP, a member of

the Committee, said: "This hard hitting, cross party report comes at a time when the race to carve up the Arctic is accelerating faster than our regulatory or technical capacity to manage it. The Arctic oil rush is bringing unprecedented risks to the area, and it’s now clear that the consequences of any potential oil spill would be catastrophic. The UK government now has a responsibility to respond to this EAC report and show vital leadership on the issue by doing all it can to urgently secure a moratorium on Arctic drilling – starting with companies registered in this country." Joan Walley MP, concluded: "Concerns over climate change should be recognised internationally as a limiting factor on any new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic."

Water Feature Management welters速 have a long tradition in creating water solutions born from many years of land ownership and agricultural and recreational development and management. This could be instigating land drainage pools for farmland to create a useful water source for agricultural or livestock use by drawing water into low lying or take it away from clay based soil areas and freeing up that land for growing or grazing. As well as practical solutions, many water projects fulfill aesthetic landscaping requirements to provide focal points for ornamental designs, be it in private or parkland estates or even memorial parks. Projects can include new installations or involve careful manipulation of existing water sources such as streams or natural ponds to conform to the clients needs. Lake restoration is usually required when artificial lakes such as those in parkland begin to lose their ability to retain water. In these instances the lake will require draining and the lake bed sealed and made sound. Many water features are also specifically designed to become naturalised to encourage wild fauna and flora to colonise the area providing a safe and secure environment for protecting rare and endangered species. From lake creation to wetland development, water feature management creates many attractive water environments for a multitude of uses both practical and pleasurable. Page 21

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The Majestic Memorial Mausolea The Majestic Memorial Mausolea provides space for four cremated remains interments. The Memorials can be installed in a variety of configurations and material options. The Majestic Memorial Mausolea is a system which can be specified with a range of materials ranging from stainless steel and brass to granite and marble of a variety of colours. The stone category option is produced from locally quarried Cumbrian and Scottish sources.

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Brighter Later By the time you read this, the weather may have resumed normal function. But what is normal? Normal has become increasingly unpredictable. 'Apocalyptic' and 'Biblical' Met Office flood alerts - wettest 'drought' on record! We have always believed that if you fight nature, you will lose. So, far better to work with it, than against it. Over 25 years ago, welters® had a vision to deal with the inherent practical and cost associated problems of digging holes in fields, especially wet fields, for burial. Our volume produced, cost effective and pre-engineered and installed above and below ground systems, complete with installation and support packages, were born. The systems offer affordable, clean, safe and manageable solutions that facilitate pre-selling which can be tailored to the appropriate spend levels and individual cultural requirements. Many things have changed and improved over the years but the principle remains the same. Throughout this period of extreme weather and in the light of nature's increasingly unpredictable efforts and man made economic traumas, it is perhaps much more relevant and important than ever before to ensure that decent burial is provided. To which end, welters® have created the welters® Funeral ExperienceTM for delivery in extreme conditions. welters® fixed unit cost, full back up on site support, maintenance and interment services are all contractually available. The 'no brainer' packages are ideal in wet or difficult to dig and manage ground, especially when budgets are challenged. welters® will consider all cemetery acquisition lease and purchase options. If you would like a free evaluation, we would be happy to assist. Page 24

Manifesto 2012 Launch

welters® are proud to announce the publication of their Manifesto for 2012 / 2013 which will soon be available for viewing on their website:

The manifesto highlights welters® activities which involves a lot more than providing high quality goods and services to the bereavement services industry; the manifesto takes a mainly pictorial look at these wider interests, covering areas such as Agriculture and Land Management and how the company’s interest in nature inuences their working ethos with technology and the effect this has on the environment. The manifesto is a ‘living’ document and will be updated with new and interesting images illustrating welters commitment to excellence and responsible service delivery. Page 25

Summer 2012 was the wettest in 100 years

temperature of 13.9 °C, some 0.4 °C below the long term average. Despite this it was a little warmer than the summer of 2011 which 4 September 2012 - Met Office saw a mean temperature of only figures for this summer show that it 13.7 °C. was the second wettest across the UK in the national record that goes Unsettled weather has never been back to 1910 and the wettest since far from the UK during the past 1912. Figures for June, July and three months. Movements in the August show that 370.7 mm of rain track of the jet stream, a narrow fell across the UK, making it the band of fast flowing westerly second wettest summer on record winds high in the atmosphere, since the 384.4 mm of rain seen in have contributed to the weather the summer of 1912. These latest we have seen. This summer figures follow a record wet April, has seen periods of heavy and and an April to June period that prolonged rain, as well as short was also the wettest recorded in but exceptionally heavy thundery the UK. downpours and only brief warm sunny spells. August 2012 was the driest and sunniest of the three summer Looking at the individual countries months across the UK with 109.5 of the UK, it was the second wettest mm of rain and 154 hours of summer on record in England, sunshine. The mean temperature third wettest in Wales, eighth in for August was 15.3 °C, in a month Northern Ireland, and the sixth that also saw the hottest day of the wettest in Scotland. For sunshine year so far, reaching 32.4 °C at it was the fourth dullest summer in Cavendish, Suffolk on the 18th. England, the fifth dullest in Wales, ninth in Scotland and the 15th in Summer 2012 was also one of the Northern Ireland. dullest summers on record with just 413 hours of sunshine. This As the UK's national meteorological makes it the dullest summer since service the Met Office holds 1987 when the UK saw only 402 the official weather and climate hours of sunshine. records for the UK on behalf of the nation. These historic climate To complete the disappointing records and series are used to picture, it has also been a monitor the climate of the UK at a relatively cool summer with a mean national and regional level. Page 26

Employment Law Reform New steps to give firms more flexibility and confidence in managing their workforce and to reduce employment law red tape, were announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable. They are most likely to benefit small businesses. Today’s package comes in response to calls from business to simplify and speed up the process of ending the employment relationship when it breaks down, for the benefit of both employers and employees. The Government has given details of: •

• •

its support for settlement agreements to help end employment relationships in a fair and consensual way. A consultation on how best to make this work in practice starts today and Acas has agreed to provide a new code of practice how it might reduce the cap on compensation for unfair dismissal claims proposals to streamline employment tribunals by making it easier for judges to dismiss weak cases responses to its call for evidence on the TUPE rules, when staff transfer to a new employer. Government has

heard that businesses want this to be more efficient, and will consult on specific proposals before the end of the year, and recommendations on how to improve guidance for small businesses on the Acas code of practice on discipline and grievance.

administration. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "We have been looking across the range of employment laws with a view to making it easier for firms to hire staff while protecting basic labour rights. “Our starting point is that Britain already has very flexible labour markets. That is why well over one million new private sector jobs have been created in the last two years, even when the economy has been flatlining.

The Government also responded formally to the call for evidence on proposals for compensated no fault dismissal for micro-firms. Based on the evidence presented by business the Government will not be taking “But we acknowledge that more can forward the proposal. be done to help small companies by The UK has a lightly regulated, reducing the burden of employment flexible labour market that the tribunals, which we are reforming, OECD considers to be amongst and moving to less confrontational resolutions through the best in the world, behind only dispute USA and Canada. The recent settlement agreements." World Economic Forum Global The Government is already Competitiveness Report cited the delivering significant reforms flexibility of the UK’s labour market of employment law, including as one of the main reasons for its extending the period for eligibility improvement in the global rankings for unfair dismissal from one to to 8th from 10th. two years, encouraging more But the Government has committed effective ways to resolve disputes to look at ways to make it more and thereby reduce the number responsive to businesses through of employment tribunals, creating a parliament long review of a universally portable Criminal employment law, in conjunction Records Bureau (CRB) check and with the Red Tape Challenge on removing the default retirement age. employment law, with the aim The Government has considered, of clearing away unnecessary or is already taking forward, 80 and complex regulation that per cent of proposals from Adrian has damaged flexibility, created Beecroft’s report on employment perverse incentives, increased law, published earlier this year. business risk and unnecessary

Business Secretary Vince Cable

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When a gargoyle is not a gargoyle Gargoyles have been used for centuries as architectural scarecrows to ward of ‘evil spirits’ and are usually found on buildings such as cathedrals and churches. But behind the grotesque gures and distorted faces there lies a very practical function upon which the medieval stonemason crafted his sculpture work around. Before guttering and down pipes became the common method of managing rainwater runoff from buildings it was channelled into outlets which carried the water away from the stonework. These outlets became decorative sculptures which spewed out the water and the majority of these took the form of the ‘gargoyle’.

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Removing the superstitions of the past this method of water removal still has its place and welters® had the opportunity to create a modern adaptation in stainless steel to elegantly manage water away from mausolea buildings using their ‘Doves and Leaves’ motifs.

Industrial strategy must embed environmental sustainability

Home is where the heath is for Galloways

Commenting on proposals set out by Vince Cable today on the UK’s industrial strategy, WWF said it was significant that the business secretary clearly recognised the need to address market failures such as addressing the costs of environmental damage as well as long-term structural challenges in the global economy including environmental sustainability. WWF also said that the government as a whole needed to give much more support and recognition to the environmental goods and services Natural England’s Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve (NNR) has welcomed sector, arguing that increasingly, the green economy was outperforming some new residents to keep the heathland in top condition. other sectors and should not be seen as somehow separate from the Dersingham Bog is of international importance for its wildlife and now four pedigree ‘real’ economy. Black Galloway cattle and their calves have joined the Reserve team to help keep the heath healthy. David Norman, director of campaigns at WWF-UK, said: “Dr Cable’s recognition of the need to embed environmental sustainability and plan During the last two hundred years, 85% of the UK’s heathland has been lost and for the long term in the UK’s industrial strategy is important. However, Dersingham now stands out as one of the last remaining fragments of lowland the government must remember that the low-carbon and environmental heath in Eastern England. But like all heathlands it would quickly become scrubby services sector is growing strongly and also needs vocal government and overgrown if it were not actively managed, losing its character and many of support; action to support the renewable energy sector is going to be a the species that it supports. Livestock grazing at Dersingham helps to prevent test of this. scrub and grasses from dominating the heath and crowding out more sensitive species, and the Black Galloways will be perfectly suited to the rough grazing that “The green economy has grown at 4-5 per cent since 2008 and is Dersingham provides. These handsome animals will remain at Dersingham for the expected to continue to grow at around five per cent a year [1] so is rest of their lives so they can develop an intimate knowledge of their surroundings. clearly a safe bet for a government looking for a growth strategy. It’s By being ‘hefted’ to the Reserve in this way, they will learn where the best grazing is important, though, not to see the green economy as somehow separate and which areas to avoid. In turn, they will pass on this information to their young, from the ‘real’ economy As others, like the CBI, have pointed out, ensuring a happy, healthy herd of cattle. there’s no dichotomy between green and growth – green is growth, and Natural England’s Senior Reserve Manager, Ash Murray said “The good-natured the government must embed environmental sustainability across their Galloways will help us keep the heathland open and save us years of back-breaking whole strategy.” work; their efforts will help make the Reserve attractive to birds like nightjar and WWF also said that the government needed to deliver the strategy for woodlark and create space for rare plants like sundew and bog asphodel to thrive.” the renewable energy sector at the earliest opportunity, as putting real The Galloway Cattle Society’s Dorothy Golding said “Galloways are ideal for this resources and commitment behind an ambitious renewables strategy sort of land and will do an excellent job, they will work in perfect harmony with will be a test of whether the government genuinely understands mother nature to help the other species and the heath; they will also produce quality environmental sustainability. calves to continue this good work.” Page 29


welters® restoration provides a wide range of services. Redundant Churches, Cemetery Chapels and many other interesting and historic buildings can receive a new lease of life by re-dening their role in serving present day needs. Effective facilities can emerge in the service of the community. welters® offer stone masonry services and specialise in the restoration of stone buildings and listed buildings. Carving, commissions and restoration pieces undertaken.

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welters® highly skilled teams are committed to providing the highest standards of workmanship to all their customers.

MPs Challenge “Greenest Government Ever” to put nature at heart of economy

fully values the services nature provides. The report tells Cabinet Office and Treasury Ministers that they must lead a cross-Government campaign to ensure that all government policy fully values natural capital. Government Ministers must also: •

• The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister must lead a programme of action to put nature at the centre of the country’s economic decision-making, says the cross-party Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Launching the report of an inquiry into the Natural Environment White Paper published today, Committee Chair, Anne McIntosh MP, said "Our natural environment supplies us not only with food and materials but also with vital services that ensure society’s well-being, such as clean air and water, soil nutrients and recreational spaces. These ecosystems services are worth billions of pounds to the UK

economy and we cannot afford to let government policies ignore them." Ms McIntosh added: "It should • not be solely the preserve of the public sector to protect and enhance nature. Significant funding can be harnessed from the private sector, for example to help prevent flooding and to provide clean water supplies. But • Government must act now to set up the right regulatory frameworks to support such payments." MPs are concerned that, more than one year on from publication of the Natural Environment White Paper, The Natural Choice, Defra has failed to set out clear plans to deliver its commitment to ensure that government decision-making

Publish an action plan with a timetable to deliver each of the White Paper's 92 commitments Give planners and developers guidance on how the National Planning Policy Framework can be used to protect Nature Improvement Areas. Fully assess the benefits as well as the costs of environmental regulation, to prevent a perception that environmental protection imposes a drag on the UK economy. Publish the Government’s response to advice from the Natural Capital Committee and require the NCC to make an annual report to Parliament.

Commenting further, Committee Chair Anne McIntosh added, "We heard of some successful examples of payments for ecosystems services that reduce

the need to build costly infrastructure to clean up polluted water resources such as the United Utilities project which manages 20,000 hectares of land in North West England. But there are too few examples in the UK of the use of such payments to improve the environment. The National Ecosystem Assessment provides a wealth of evidence which must now be used to help sectors develop such schemes." The report also concludes that: Biodiversity offsetting can deliver positive impacts on the natural environment but Defra must ensure that the long-term benefits from individual schemes are locked in so that habitats are maintained for the future; •

Peat extraction destroys irreplaceable habitats and causes greenhouse gas emissions. The White Paper’s target to end all peat use by 2030 shows a lamentable lack of ambition. A review of progress must be brought forward to 2014; Defra must set a target to increase public engagement with nature, since local authorities, NGOs and charities can only secure funding for environmental projects when they can demonstrate measurable success; The Department for Health and the Department for Education must define measurements which demonstrate how greater public engagement with nature delivers gains in public health and educational attainment; Defra should ensure that the entire coastal path around England is in place within 10 years. Page 31

MPs say Government must do more to keep public safe online Malicious software - designed to infect computers to steal bank details and identity information poses a growing threat in the UK as more people use the internet and an increasing proportion of economic activity takes place online. MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee say the Government must do more to help the public understand how to stay safe online. Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, said: "Despite the increasing use of malware, the internet is still a reasonably safe place to go about one’s business, provided users take a few sensible precautions. Government departments need to realise that better public information about computer safety could save huge numbers of people the hassle of having their personal details stolen. Knowledge is the best defence against fear, so the Government should focus on raising awareness of how to stay safe online -rather than scaring people about the dangers of cyber Page 32

of providers. The Government 'digital by default' policy will increasingly require those in receipt of Government benefits and services to access these online. The committee raises concerns that the scheme will be of greater use in protecting the Government against crime." welfare fraud than the individual The Committee is calling on the user against crime. Government to launch a prolonged awareness raising campaign to Andrew Miller MP added: increase public understanding "We are asking the Government to of personal online security. The provide details of how they intend report points out that eighty percent to engender greater trust in online of protection against cyber-attack products and services within the UK is routine IT hygiene. Yet currently population. We are also demanding there is no single first point of advice an assurance that the ‘digital by and help for consumers and much default’ approach will mean better of the information about internet and more secure, rather than merely security that does exist online is cheaper, government services." often technical or jargon filled. It would be possible to impose statutory safety standards on software sold within the EU, similar to those imposed on vehicle manufacturers, but the MPs say they would prefer a solution based on self-regulation. The report calls on the industry to demonstrate that self-regulation is an effective way forward and that voluntary commitments can provide sufficient incentive for the industry to improve security in a fast moving competitive marketplace. If it cannot do the Government should investigate Many Government services are the potential for imposing statutory set to move to online provision safety standards. either directly or through a range Television exposure is crucial to gain the widest possible exposure to the safety message, the MPs believe. They also want to see more done to promote and resource the existing Government website Get Safe Online. Advice from Get Safe Online should be provided with every device capable of accessing the internet and all Government websites should link to the website and highlight the latest security updates.

NEW LOW COST PENSION TO HELP MILLIONS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT The Government has set out the expected charges for NEST (National Employment Savings Trust), which will give millions of people the opportunity to save to meet their aspirations for their retirement. Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society Angela Eagle said: "This is a fair and sensible funding package which delivers the Pensions Commission’s vision of a low cost scheme in an affordable way. It balances the needs of members, taxpayers and the interest of the broader pensions industry. Market failure for low and moderate earners means they have not had access to a suitable low cost pension scheme and have not been able to save for their retirement. NEST will put this right." NEST will meet the Pension Commission’s ambition for a low cost scheme with an anticipated 0.3 per cent annual management charge over the longer term. To meet the costs of establishing the scheme, the initial level of charges will also include a small additional charge on contributions of around 2 per cent. This is comparable to low charges currently being paid by members of large occupational schemes, and means low-to-moderate earners will have the opportunity to enjoy a level of charges that generally only higher earners and those working for larger firms can enjoy. Until NEST is fully established, it faces an inevitable gap between costs and revenues. The Government has announced that it will make a loan to NEST to cover those costs, ensuring it is delivered at no overall cost to the taxpayer.

Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Straight and Strong welters® have a long and proud history as furniture makers and it is a tradition that continues today and includes their range of stone furniture designs for exterior and memorial parkland use. welters® core beliefs and daily practise is highlighted and demonstrated through its City of London Livery Company ties and design training committee commitments. They endorse and promote the generations of principals held highly and rmly driven by investing in, and maintaining UK based trade skills education, training and manufacturing. welters® also focus on sustainable UK raw material production and sourcing, working with nature to achieve not only environmentally responsible and sustainable long term future but exciting and desirable design concepts that are nancially viable and globally competitive. Page 33

Research highlights link between Environmental Stewardship and food security A report commissioned by Natural England reveals the important role that Environmental Stewardship (ES) schemes play in supporting agricultural productivity. The report, ‘Ecosystem services from Environmental Stewardship that benefit agricultural production’, highlights the role of Environmental Stewardship in protecting the environment and agricultural food production. The report found that ES schemes are delivering a range of vital goods and services, known as ecosystems services - which benefit the natural environment and in doing so help sustain and develop agricultural productivity.

The research, carried out by the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), found many examples of how ecosystems services supported by ES contribute to food production, such as: •

Pollination services are provided by many ES options, with those delivering early pollen and nectar sources and season-long floral resources particularly important. Farms under organic management are likely to deliver more for bumblebees due to the legume content of rotational grassland;

Control of pest species by natural enemies is encouraged by ES options supporting hedgerows, flower margins, species-rich grassland and beetle banks;

The report: •

Shows how ES schemes can help protect soil and water, regulate pest species and improve pollination, which in turn helps support crop production; Reinforces the key role farmers and land managers in ES play in enhancing the natural environment without compromising their ability to produce food;

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For the first time, maps the distribution of the major ecosystems services provided by ES options.

Conservation of genetic resources is supported by options such as traditional orchard and species-rich

grassland management, as well as native breed supplements; •

Converting land to grassland benefits microscopic soil animals which improve soil organic matter content, while options where legumes are sown increase soil nitrogen, organic matter and soil wildlife.

Ian Fugler, Land Management Director for Natural England, said: “Long-term food security and a healthy natural environment are inextricably linked. This report highlights how Environmental Stewardship supports the important role farmers play both in putting food on the table and providing a whole range of vital goods and services – protecting wildlife, managing water, storing carbon, looking after woodlands and hedgerows, and planting new ones, and shaping much-loved landscapes for people to explore and enjoy”. The report ‘Ecosystem services from Environmental Stewardship that benefit agricultural production’ can be downloaded from the Natural England website.

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