Local bodies win cash to develop nature partnerships

The government has awarded funding to 22 organisations across England aimed at helping them to develop partnerships to improve the natural environment.

Nature sites: 22 organisations will share the funding
Nature sites: 22 organisations will share the funding
The bodies will receive support from a £1 million Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs fund aimed at helping local people to establish local nature partnerships (LNPs), part of a package of measures in this spring’s natural environment white paper.

Activities supported by the allocations include engaging businesses, health and education professionals in drawing up LNP programmes, developing priorities and objectives, and data collection. The first LNPs will be announced next summer. 

"It’s encouraging that so many local areas are interested in forming an LNP. It shows the commitment and energy local areas are putting into exploring how a partnership could work and make a difference to the natural environment," said environment minister Richard Benyon.

The organisations receiving funding are:

- Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
- Berkshire Nature Conservation Forum
- Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust
- Buckinghamshire County Council
- Cambridgeshire Green Infrastructure Forum
- Cheshire Wildlife Trust
- Cornwall Wildlife Trust
- Durham Wildlife Trust
- Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
- Hertfordshire Biodiversity Partnership
- Humber Management Scheme
- Kent County Council
- Lancashire Wildlife Trust
- Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership
- Norfolk County Council
- Northumberland Wildlife Trust
- Plymouth City Council
- South Yorkshire Forest Partnership
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough
- Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

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