Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP has been appointed an officer of the newly established All Party Parliamentary Group for chalk streams, which was inaugurated in a virtual meeting of MPs on Tuesday 15 September.
“ The UK is home to 85% of the world’s chalk streams,” said Dame Cheryl. “ The grouping brings together parliamentary supporters of chalk streams to champion their biodiversity, through promoting environmental good practice, centred on sustainable flows and sensitive land management.”
The parliamentary group will be working with ministers and all other interested parties to promote chalk stream conservation. One aim is to make sure that the UK, when chairing the international COP26 forum, will place chalk streams on the international environmental agenda. Dame Cheryl would like to see enhanced protection given to chalk streams and is urging the Government to show their commitment to preserving these fragile ecosystems by making an announcement to this effect in advance of the Glasgow conference deferred from this year, because of the coronavirus outbreak, until November 2021.
“ With chalk streams like the Chess and the Misbourne in my constituency, I am delighted to be a founder member of this parliamentary group to help nurture these globally significant ecosystems,” said Dame Cheryl.