Our view on fracking

Protecting our places, for ever for everyone © Rob Wolstenholm/ Natural England

Protecting our places, for ever for everyone

We have a presumption against fracking on our land because natural gas is a fossil gas and if it were proposed today on our land, we would say no.

The mining process on land not owned by us could also give rise to potential environmental and landscape impacts and we would object if they adversely affected our places.


Carbon capture and storage technology might one day address the greenhouse gas problems of burning a fossil fuel but this is still a long way off. If evidence becomes available regarding our environmental and landscape concerns relating to the extraction process, that might address these. Evidence about the impacts of fracking may therefore change over time but until that happens we fundamentally object to fracking on our land.


We have set ourselves targets for both energy use reduction and renewable energy generation.