Pledge for Nature

Doubling Nature

Our Vision is that by doubling the area of rich wildlife habitats and natural green space, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will become an outstanding environment where nature and people thrive, and businesses prosper.

Cambridgeshire currently has one of the smallest areas of land managed for nature in the country, relative to size. We want to double the amount of land in the county that’s managed for nature from 8% to 16%, which is the national average.

Why do we need to Double Nature?

We need to do this to:

  • give nature space and help to reverse declines in habitat and species
  • provide more areas for people to enjoy nature and to benefit our health and wellbeing
  • improve the quality of air that we breathe
  • help manage water for nature
  • create more resilience to climate change, and
  • boost the economy of our area.

How are we going to do it?

Plans of this scale involve a massive effort across a wide range of areas, we are therefore looking at a range of opportunities to double nature, including the following.

  • The delivery of large-scale habitat restoration schemes.
  • Ensuring that nature-friendly development is at the heart of the Combined Authority’s economic growth agenda
  • Working with Local Authorities to use their powers to positively influence planning decisions
  • Working with our farming community to help them understand and deliver climate change mitigation and creation of wildlife
  • Transforming our current green spaces, to create homes for wildlife
  • Providing information on gardening for nature and showing the importance of wildlife-friendly gardens
  • Making sure there is enough water for wetland creation
  • Creating new sources of investment to support our natural capital

Find out more about how Doubling Nature can be achieved here.

How can I get involved?

Everyone has a crucial role to play to enable this ambition to become a reality.  We need individuals, communities and organisations to all pledge to take action now to start making Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a better place for nature.

How do I pledge my support?

You can show your support by clicking on the Pledge link and choosing the actions that you will take to support Doubling Nature. By pledging, you are committing to reverse the trend in declining nature by enhancing biodiversity, thus, creating a positive outlook for the future environment of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

You will hear about what others are doing in the drive to Double Nature and can share your own stories with #DoublingNature at here.

Individuals and households

Never underestimate what one person can achieve! You can make a real difference by making changes to space around where you live or work. Why not get your family, friends or housemates involved too!

  • I pledge to take action and support Doubling Nature in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Actions:

  • Plant for pollinators – from a window box to a large garden, choose pollinator-friendly plants to provide a network of vital food sources across the county
  • Create a meadow from your lawn or verge – introduce wildflowers or just cutting part of it less often to let the grasses seed and flowers bloom
  • Plant a native tree or hedge – which will support many forms of wildlife including nest sites for birds
  • Dig a pond – to support frogs, dragonflies and other aquatic wildlife, and a place for birds to drink and bathe
  • Conserve water – have at least one water butt
  • Cut out the chemicals – garden organically and use natural alternatives to manage weeds and pests
  • Survey – Survey for wildlife to help build an understanding of species for conservation See Buglife for details
  • Homes for wildlife – many of the natural homes for wildlife are under threat or in short supply. You can give wildlife a helping hand by creating crucial homes for birds, bats, frogs, hedgehogs, insects and many more!
  • Volunteer – if you don’t have access to any space but want to get involved there are lots of local causes you can help out with. Check out the guidance section to see what you can do.
  • Something else – tell us the actions you are taking to support Doubling Nature!

Communities

Communities have great potential to make a difference and influence others. Your community could be anything from a parish or town council, a neighbourhood group, a faith group, a sports club or a youth group, and everything in between.

  • My community group pledges to take action and support Doubling Nature in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Actions:

  • Plan for nature – Work together with your local community on the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit to secure a nature-rich area now and for the future. Plan and prioritise the actions needed to transform your community space
  • Growing communities – Work with your community to look after existing natural areas to make sure that they are providing the best support for nature and create new nature-rich spaces such as woodlands and community ponds
  • Local wild spots – Seek support to create wildflower verges and wild community spaces in your area.
  • Something else – tell us the actions you are taking to support Doubling Nature.

Organisations and businesses

All Local Authorities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have signed up to support Doubling Nature. What can your organisation do to contribute?  From schools to solicitors, hairdressers to hospitals; whether you’re large or small, private, public or third sector, we want to hear from you about the actions you will take to support Doubling Nature.

  • My organisation/business pledges to take action and support Doubling Nature in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Actions:

  • Support local plans – Help deliver local biodiversity plans through Councils and local communities, support local causes and get your employees involved in volunteering for nature
  • The landscape for nature – Choose permeable paving, drought-resistant planting, minimal grass cutting and cut back on the chemicals as much as you can
  • Create a habitat – Create homes for nature in your grounds with crucial homes for birds, bats, frogs, hedgehogs, insects and many more! If you don’t have space then support local organisations to put these in place on your behalf.
  • Something else – tell us the actions you are taking to support Doubling Nature!