Ilona Amos: Restoring our natural world will encourage nature to look after us
Last winter we were introduced to a crew known as Barney, Eva, Frank and their ilk. Despite their friendly-sounding monikers they brought thunder, lightning, torrential downpours and hurricane-force winds and left in their wake a trail of devastation and human misery across the UK. Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. Roads, railways and bridges were washed away. There were fallen trees, landslides and power cuts. Lochs appeared where once there were fields.