Dear Mr Juniper,
I wish to offer my congratulations, on behalf of The Voluntary Initiative, to you on your appointment as Chair of Natural England. The natural environment faces many challenges and your experience and expertise are highly valued by those working in the agri-environmental sector.
The Voluntary Initiative has always enjoyed close support from various government agencies as we strive to deliver best practice pesticides stewardship in order to help protect the environment, particularly with Catchment Sensitive Farming as you will be aware. We see our role becoming even more critical with the VI tasked to implement take up of IPM within the agricultural sector to help deliver the 25 year Environment Plan. Whilst we welcome your appointment, we do hope that you will ensure that Natural England’s work and policies will be based on a science and evidence-based approach moving forwards. We do look forward to working with you in the future.