November 18th 2020
As part of the UK government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, details have just been announced to create new national parks and greater protections for England’s iconic landscapes.
Other highlights include £40 million additional investment into the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund (now at £80 million total) and 10 “Landscape Recovery” projects will also be launched across England over the next four years to restore peatlands, woodlands and create wilder landscapes.
These projects will help restore the equivalent of over 30,000 football pitches of wildlife rich habitat.
In 2021, government will start the formal process of designation of the new National Parks and AONBs which will involve identifying the best candidates. This will look at how new sites contribute to our wider goals for nature, beauty, heritage and people.
In addition, announced today, up to 250,000 British jobs are to be created and retained as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to drive the UK’s green ambitions.
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