The £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is designed to encourage nature-based projects to restore nature, tackle climate change and connect people with the natural environment.
The three projects to receive part of the Government’s £40 million funding package were as follows: High Helbeck (run by the North Pennines AONB Partnership), Haweswater Nursery and Curlew Recovery Northern England (both run by the RSPB).
Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border commented:
“It is very welcome news that some of the funding has been allocated to support hugely important projects in Penrith and The Border. I am privileged to represent a beautiful rural constituency and I am fully supportive of efforts to restore our precious landscapes and promote biodiversity.
Projects such as these demonstrate a joined-up Government effort to deliver on achieving net-zero and delivering on the ambitions in the 25-year Environmental Plan.”
Following the announcement Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:
“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.
I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects develop and help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”