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Dear Rob,
I recently chaired a debate on pollinators at the Public Policy Exchange that I suspect had been set up by other organisations in front of an MP keen on bees. Framing the discussion so that no one said for whom they worked, we exchanged views between ourselves and experts without rancour. Blog here.  

I slipped in a letter to The Times on not being too fussy on tree species - exotics might even outlive the Woodland Trust! 
I spoke at Communicate in front of BBC Springwatch execs and RSPB comms teams eager to wow viewers and members without too much complex reality. Some angst rippled through the room when I asked for more neutral spaces (neither the BBC or David Attenborough is one) and less dumbing down of environmental issues.
This reminded me of ‘Bob for Nature’s campaign. No, I contend in my latest blog here, hedges are not still being ripped out – find out for yourself by visiting an Open Farm Sunday in 2017?
To end 2016, here’s my rather blunt letter in the Farmer’s Weekly encouraging farmers to be more open to creative engagement with those outside the countryside eager to connect to the land. 
Merry Christmas and here’s to more fresh first-time conversations in the new year!

Rob Yorke
ry@robyorke.co.uk
07900 891564
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