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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.”

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