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Agriculture Act 2020

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 100429, tabled on 10 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including public access to the countryside in the definition public good as set out in the Agriculture Act 2020.

Answered on

19 January 2022

Section 1(1) of the Agriculture Act 2020 sets out a list of purposes for which the Secretary of State may give financial assistance, and Section 1(1) (b) confirms that the Secretary of State may give financial assistance for, or in connection with supporting public access to, and enjoyment of the countryside, farmland or woodland, and better understanding of the environment.

Support for increasing access into the countryside will be made through existing schemes and support mechanisms already in place. We are still considering our approach of how support for increasing and maintaining access to the countryside in our future schemes including our environmental land management schemes.