On November 5, 2020, an England-wide nature restoration initiative was launched. It aims to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change, and to help people reconnect with the natural world. Led by Natural England, the Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership brings together representatives from over 600 organizations, such as RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link, and National Parks England.
The initiative seeks to drive forward the restoration of protected sites and landscapes across England and to help provide at least 500,000 hectares of new wildlife-rich habitat. The plans to link together England’s nature-rich places and restore rural and urban landscapes come amid national efforts for a green recovery and increased public awareness of the importance of nature for health and well-being. While the government describes the scheme as “the biggest initiative to restore nature ever to be launched in England,” several organizations are warning that the funding made available is insufficient to keep existing projects running or to step up nature restoration efforts.