7 in 10 Brits say they are
losing touch with nature
NEW research has shown a staggering 69%
Brits feel they are losing touch with nature. The study was commissioned by
Jordans on behalf of the Jordans Farm Partnership, which brings together The
Wildlife Trusts, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), The Prince's
Countryside Fund and 40 progressive British farms that grow cereals for Jordans.
The partnership is designed to promote sustainable farming with a commitment to
give over 10% of land on Jordans farms to British wildlife.
While a staggering proportion of us feel we're losing touch with nature, a
further 13% admitted that they have not been to the countryside for more than 2
years. Even more concerning for future generations is the admission by 33% of
parents who don't feel they know enough about British wildlife to pass onto
When quizzed on wildlife, 33% of those questioned could not identify a barn owl
while 66% couldn't recognise a turtle dove. Both these farmland birds are in
decline with turtle doves being 1 of the UK's fastest declining species after
populations have fallen by 96% since 1970.
The Jordans Farm Partnership has been created to help stem this decline and
support endangered species like these birds by restoring and recreating
habitats. Rough grassland provides areas where barn owls can hunt for prey and
allowing some hedges to thicken and become taller can encourage turtle doves to
The study also showed that even the most familiar species of British wildlife
are not recognisable to some Brits, with 17% of respondents saying they have
never seen a toad and 13% have never laid eyes on a hedgehog.
When it comes to trees, one in three Brits would not be able to easily identify
an English Oak and 75% couldn't identify a Hawthorn tree; and yet; trees like
the oak and hawthorn provide essential habitats for birds, insects and bats.
On Jordans Farm Partnership farms, hawthorn trees are able to grow in hedgerows
to provide not only shelter for wildlife, but also blossom, which is a valuable
source of nectar for bees and other pollinators during the spring. Oak trees on
the farms are home to thousands of insects that provide food for numerous
species of bird and bat.
Research from the 2016 State of Nature Report showed that more than half of
British farmland species are in long-term decline. This has a major impact on
how nature fares within the UK as around 75% of land is used for farming. The
risk of this decline continuing is real unless action is taken to ensure
wildlife is protected and people have the opportunity to experience it, whether
in Britain's countryside or in Gardens, Towns and Cities.
Within the Jordans Farm Partnership, each of the 40 farmers in the scheme
develops a bespoke farm plan with a Wildlife Trust farm advisor. This includes a
list of wildlife present on the farm and species that should be encouraged
because they are rare or important for conservation in their county. To date, 15
farm plans have been set up and 23 conservation focus species have been
identified. Jordans Cereals farmers are currently providing habitats and
wildlife protection across:-
► 450km of British hedgerows.
► 80km of watercourses.
► 1,000 hectares of habitat for pollinators like bees.
► These figures are expected to double once all the farm plans are in place.
Vicky Cojeen, Head of Brand at Jordans
Cereals, said:- "The Jordans Farm Partnership extends our long-standing
commitment to ensure wildlife can thrive. Together with The Wildlife Trusts, we
are passionate about reigniting the nation's connection with British wildlife.
We will continue to work hard to protect wildlife and support British farming
with our partners to ensure we make delicious breakfasts that help make a better
future for everyone."
Janel Fone, Director of Marketing and Development at The Wildlife Trusts, said:-
"We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of
wildlife and wild places in their daily lives and this research by Jordans
provides an interesting insight into how connected people feel towards the
natural world. We are proud to be working with a company like Jordans Cereals
who through their British farming supply chain are making a positive difference
to the natural world and helping The Wildlife Trusts achieve its vision of
Health worker claimed relatives had died to claim sick pay
A health care worker lied about the deaths of 3 family members to falsely
claim almost a year's paid absence from work between 2012 and 2015.
Over a period of 3 years Joseph Wilson 1st told his NHS employer a brother had
died, followed later by his cousin and then his sister.
Wilson, aged 41, of Fazakerley, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to 3 offences of fraud
by false representation at South Sefton Magistrates Court. on 5 July 2017.
The health care assistant was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18
months, 240 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay more than ₤5,000
compensation to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
The court heard that Wilson, a man of previous good character, was dismissed
from his job at the Trust in December 2015 on grounds of gross misconduct after
discovery of the most recent deceit involving his sister.
However, inquiries by the Trust's anti fraud specialists also identified the
previous absences relating to other supposed family bereavements. Following
further investigation and an interview under caution, Wilson finally admitted
that he had lied about all 3 deaths.
After the court hearing, investigating anti-fraud specialist Paul Bell said:-
"The relatively robust sentencing, despite Wilson's previous good behaviour,
reflects the fact that he had committed serial offences over a number of years.
He also hadn't come clean about the deceptions when he had an opportunity to do
so during his interview with investigators. Abuse of sickness absence is one of
the main types of fraud in the NHS and this sentence demonstrates that this kind
of abuse of public funds will not be tolerated."
Steve Shanahan, Director of Finance for the Trust, said:- "The Trust takes
deceptions like Wilson's very seriously. Every allegation of fraud brought to
our attention is thoroughly investigated. We won't hesitate to press for a
prosecution to be brought where we believe the Trust, and in turn the taxpayer,
has suffered a financial loss."
NHS worker named 'Apprentice of the Year'
AN NHS worker has been named 'Apprentice of the Year' by a local
college. Jodie Breen, from Ellesmere Port, won 'Apprentice of the Year'
in the 'Business' category of the Celebrating Achievement Student Success Awards
2017, hosted by Wirral Metropolitan College.
Jodie won the prestigious award after completing her Level 3 Business
Administration Apprenticeship whilst on placement at Cheshire and Wirral
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).
Jodie said:- "Winning this award is a real achievement. I have worked hard
for 2 years and it has finally all paid off. Thank you to CWP and Wirral
Met for giving me this opportunity and for believing in me and supporting me
every step of the way. My apprenticeship experience at CWP has been
amazing. I've been given so many opportunities and it's been a great opportunity
to meet new people and gain useful qualifications that can help me progress
further in my career." The 23 year old was nominated for the 'Apprentice of the Year' award by
Wirral Met Tutor Linda Whiffen, who said:- "Jodie is a keen and motivated
learner who fully engaged in her studies to secure a fantastic career
opportunity. She has grown in confidence over the last two years and excelled in
the challenges of her new role. We're thrilled that Jodie has secured a
permanent role at CWP. It is thoroughly deserved after she showed such
dedication and 1st class performance throughout her apprenticeship." Jodie completed an intermediate apprenticeship with CWP in 2015 before
qualifying from her 2nd, advanced level apprenticeship in April this year.
She now enjoys her permanent role as Contracts Project Officer at the mental
Jodie's new role is to handle contract data, exception reports and Service Level
Agreements between CWP and its partners. She also supports contract managers
across the Trust.
CWP Head of Effective Services Tracey Collins added:- "It's been an
absolute pleasure to watch Jodie grow in confidence and competence during her
apprenticeship. The whole team is delighted that she is now a permanent
member of staff and we are all very proud of her achievements." For information on available opportunities at CWP, search:- 'Working for