As Vegan conservationists we believe in the fundamental principle of minimum intervention, and how that can be used to guide our approaches to protecting natural systems in order for them to become real safe spaces for all nature.

Vegan conservation principles are based on an unequivocal respect for the natural world and natural systems. Any work that has the potential to cause harm to that requires a cautious approach of “changing as much as necessary but as little as possible“.

In practical terms, the Vegan Land Trust believe that the default starting position for all management affecting natural spaces and wildlife should be to prioritise the safety of wildlife, respect for habitats and acknowledging that natural systems do change, and any interventions by us need to have a compelling “clear and convincing justification” for doing so. The option of doing nothing at all should always be our first consideration.

The principle of minimum intervention once adopted places a calming restraint on what we do and ensures that work we do undertake is justified, essential and measured.

A mature tree once felled can’t be replanted, it can’t be replaced by new plantings and once gone its importance to local wildlife cannot be fully understood, but it will be felt.

old plum tree

“Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.”

Abraham Lincoln