What we do

We are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues.

Defra is a ministerial department, supported by 36 agencies and public bodies.

Read more about what we do

Our policies

  1. Reducing and managing waste

    How the government is working towards a zero waste economy by supporting the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste, and controlling hazardous waste.

  2. Reforming and managing marine fisheries for a prosperous fishing industry and a healthy marine environment

    What the government is doing to protect fish stocks by managing quotas, reducing discards, reforming fisheries and funding research and monitoring programmes.

  3. Sustaining and enhancing trees, forests and woodland

    What the government is doing to protect, improve and expand our public and private woodlands.

See all our policies

Our ministers

Our management

Contact Defra

Defra Helpline

Nobel House
17 Smith Square


The quickest way to get a response is to call our Helpline which is open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (find out about call charges at www.gov.uk/call-charges). Alternatively you can email us at defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk or write to us at the postal address given above. We aim to reply to emails or letters within fifteen working days.

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Pet Travel Section
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Hadrian House, Wavell Drive
Rosehill Industrial Estate

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed on bank holidays). Find out about call charges at www.gov.uk/call-charges.

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question
  3. Make a new request by contacting us at:

Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests

Customer Contact Unit
7th Floor
Nobel House
17 Smith Square


High profile groups within Defra

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.