Media enquiries

For general enquiries you should contact the Defra helpline:

Defra Helpline

Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street


The quickest way to get a response is to call our Helpline which is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm (find out about call charges at Alternatively you can email us, or write to us at the postal address given above. We aim to reply to emails or letters within fifteen working days.

Defra press office contacts

Journalists can contact the Defra press office through the following numbers:

Out of hours

For media queries before 9am and after 6pm on weekdays, and on weekends and public holidays.

  • Telephone: 0345 051 8486

Farming, protection and welfare

Covering animal health, animal welfare, farming, plant health and pesticides.

  • Telephone: 020 8225 7318

Food, fisheries, rural and landscape

Covering food trade and exports, food policy, rural policy, fisheries, marine, forestry and national parks.

  • Telephone: 020 8225 7319

Water, environment and wildlife

Covering water policy, flooding and coastal erosion, air quality, waste and waterways.

  • Telephone: 020 8225 7317

Corporate and planning

Ensuring that all dates for Defra announcements, consultations and speeches are strategically co-ordinated across government. Lead on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and better regulation.

  • Telephone: 020 8225 7320

Head of News

  • Telephone: 020 8225 7321