A NEW NATURE INITIATIVE
FIVE councils are getting a share of a new fund of £1 million, which they’ll use to test new, locally-supported ways of helping England’s landscapes and wildlife recover.
The money will go towards setting up Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs), with the help of Natural England.
Each LNRS will involve mapping the most valuable sites and habitats for wildlife in these local authorities, and finding where they can help nature to recover.
This might mean planting wildflower meadows for pollinators, creating new green spaces, or better protecting and supporting woodlands and wetlands.
The five local authorities to receive a share of the £1 million are Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Northumberland and Cumbria.
These five studies are the first part of a much larger plan from the Government, whose new Environment Bill will require all areas in England to establish LNRSs.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “These first pilots will be a key part of our green recovery and help kick-start the creation of over a million acres of joined-up habitats that people can enjoy across the country.”