Supporting a Nature Recovery Network

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Yesterday Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP and Ruth George MP attended an event hosted by The Wildlife Trusts to show their support for the creation of a Nature Recovery Network.

A well-designed network of places for nature which links ups green spaces and protected areas in our towns, cities and countryside would have positive benefits for both people and our wildlife.

Research across the globe shows that a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world is essential for our wellbeing and prosperity. But wildlife has been getting less and less common, on land and at sea, for decades. Wild places are more scarce, smaller and more isolated. There is also less nature and greenery in the places where we live and work. And not everyone has equal access to nature or the health benefits that research shows this brings.

Nature Recovery Network, Jo Smith and Stephanie Hilbourne

Jo Smith and Stephanie Hilbourne with Ruth George MP 

To address these problems we need a new national effort to protect important places for wildlife, link up green spaces across our towns, cities and countryside and build nature into our daily lives. Today, The Wildlife Trusts launched a new report Towards a wilder Britain – creating a Nature Recovery Network showing how this can be achieved. The idea of a Nature Recovery Network is set out in official plans for the environment over the next 25 Years and now needs to be progressed as a matter of urgency. With rules on planning and farming currently under review now is a key to time to take the necessary steps to build such a network.

Everybody should have contact with wildlife in their everyday lives and everyone benefits from an improved natural environment.
Dr Jo Smith, CEO
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“Nature is valuable for its own sake and is the foundation of our society and of our economy. Yet our wildlife has declined over the years and urgently needs our support in order to recover. By building a Nature Recovery Network, supported by wildlife-friendly farming and planning policies, we will guarantee future generations the benefits that a nature-rich environment brings and they deserve.”

Dr Jo Smith, Chief Executive at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust added:
“We know that spending time in nature makes us happier and healthier. Everybody should have contact with wildlife in their everyday lives and everyone benefits from an improved natural environment. Our vision for a Nature Recovery Network reflects this and we are delighted to have support from Derbyshire’s MPs.”