Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Cumbria Local Nature Partnership receives grants of £879,400 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Cumbria Local Nature Partnership receives grants of £879,400 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

• £179,900 awarded towards Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s work to restore wildlife in the Irish Sea.

• £699,500 awarded towards Cumbria Local Nature Partnership’s work to restore populations of pollinators, through restoration of nectar and pollen-rich habitats.

• 90 projects awarded grants to accelerate the implementation of nature-based projects, from new ‘insect pathways’ in our countryside and towns, to tree planting projects in deprived urban areas.

• Second funding round of Green Recovery Challenge Fund backed by £40 million, with over 1,000 jobs to be created or retained in England.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership have been awarded grants from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery.

Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Work will be carried out on over 600 sites from North Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, and combined with the first round, almost a million trees will be planted, contributing towards the Government’s commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of this Parliament.

£179,900 has been awarded towards Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s work to restore wildlife in the Irish Sea. The local charity will work with individual fishermen to switch from trawling to creel fishing enabling the recovery of the sea bed. It will also develop solutions within the vast offshore windfarms in the area to benefit internationally-important sea bird species and other wildlife, as well as monitoring of Cumbria's only breeding grey seal population. The organisation will also work to combat climate change by undertaking research to aid the development of a seagrass restoration programme in the Morecambe Bay area.

£699,500 has been given to a partnership between the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Cumbria County Council, the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre and local communities. The partnership will lead on work to increase populations of pollinators through the restoration of 158 hectares of nectar and pollen-rich habitats. The funds will help to grow wild flowers locally. Seeds will be collected and stored for local provenance by the National Seed Bank Network and also be used for locally in future restoration projects. 

In total the Green Recovery Green Recovery Challenge fund will create and maintain 11 job roles in these two organisations, providing entry level jobs for young people and create jobs to support training for volunteers. 
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. Connecting people with nature is another priority theme: by increasing access to nature and greenspaces, projects will support both physical and mental wellbeing. The Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said: 
“The diverse and ambitious projects being awarded funding today will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and crucially, help more of the public to access and enjoy the outdoors.

“Through our £80 million Fund, we are on track to support over 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the         country, which will help us deliver against our 25 Year Environment Plan.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 
“From wetland restoration, to creating wildlife-rich habitat for bees, it is vital that we value, protect and rebuild our natural heritage. This new funding will not only allow projects to carry out direct conservation which is essential in protecting our biodiversity, but it will increase awareness of how and why we need to change our behaviours in order to protect our future.”  

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said:
“By supporting jobs from Northumberland to Somerset, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will help deliver a nature positive future. The fund supports young people to develop skills needed to protect nature, build back greener and prepare for climate impacts, like floods and heatwaves.”

Natural England Chair Tony Juniper said: 
“Our environmental and conservation charity sector does an incredible job in protecting, improving and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of communities and the economy.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said:
“This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament. We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.”

A full list of awards is available to view at: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/publications/green-recovery-challenge-fund-second-round-decisions-july-2021