|South Downs grasslands|
UK Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman has been involved with the issue, meeting with EU members of parliament sitting on the environment, food and rural affairs select committee. She has also brought up the issue with EU environment commissioner, Janez Potočnik, warning him of one of the "unintended consequences" of the rule changes.
According to Miles King, director of conservation for the Grassland Trust in the UK, some of the grasslands in question are "the result of more than 6,000 years of traditional farming practices and modern conservation. ...There's so little of it left: every single bit really matters now. It's like somebody bulldozing a medieval church to put in a housing estate: these are as much a part of our heritage as any church or work of art."
For more see: "EU rules encouraging UK farmers 'to plough up grasslands'," EurActiv.com, 3 February 2012.