Our view on fracking

 Path through woodland at Ebworth with Ramsons (Wild garlic) carpeting the ground on either side of the path, near Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire

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.

We have a presumption against fracking on our land because natural gas is a fossil gas.
 
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.
View of the vast stretch of green at Golden Valley, Ashridge Estate

Are we fit to frack? 

Our report on fracking, its potential impact on the countryside, and our recommendations for managing and regulating this practice.