The Cambridge Nature Network receives a boost!

The Cambridge Nature Network, one of six priority landscape projects identified by Natural Cambridgeshire, has received a boost with an award of £425,000 from Natural England’s Nature Recovery Programme. The aim of the Network is to halt the decline in biodiversity across Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, to improve climate resilience and enable nature to recover, while benefiting public wellbeing and the economy.

The grant, which will pay for 18 projects to strengthen the network in and around Cambridge city, is being managed by local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future. Chief Executive, James Littlewood, speaking to the benefits of working together towards a shared vision, says:

“Each of these projects will create new or better habitats for nature, and they range from converting 150 acres of farmland in the Gog Magog Hills, to expanding country parks and nature reserves, to small projects on school grounds in the city. The range of organisations and people involved in these projects is inspiring. As well as Natural England it includes local charities, local councils, community groups, local landowners, schools, contractors and individual people helping to plant trees and sow seeds.”

In addition to the Cambridge Nature Network, Natural Cambridgeshire’s priority landscapes include the Nene Valley, John Clare Countryside, the Connected Fens, the Great Ouse Valley and the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds.

More information about the Cambridge Nature Network can be found on the website of Cambridge Past Present and Future here.