Supporting calls for a new Nature Recovery Network
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Today David Drew MP attended an event hosted by The Wildlife Trusts to show his support for the creation of a Nature Recovery Network.
This network would links up green spaces and protected areas in our towns, cities and countryside and would have positive benefits for both people and our wildlife.
Wildlife has been declining for decades and wild places are more scarce, smaller and more isolated and not everyone has equal access to nature or the health benefits that research shows this brings.
“I’m proud to support a Nature Recovery Network. We all enjoy being in wild places and we know that spending time in nature can make us happier and healthier. I support The Wildlife Trusts’ vision where contact with wildlife is part of our everyday lives and local communities can enjoy the benefits of an improved natural environment," said David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud.
The Wildlife Trusts are calling for 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. 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 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.
“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," said Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts.
"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.”