£2 Million boost for Green Jobs and Nature Recovery in North Devon

North Devon Gazette

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby has welcomed an announcement that The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty will receive £1,950,000 of funding to deliver upland landscapes for nature, climate and people and the South West Lakes Trust will receive £163,800 to help connect communities with their blue and green spaces.Â

Over £2 million has been allocated to help create and retain green jobs, and support new nature schemes in North Devon.Â

Combined with the £40 million from the first round of funding, this brings the total amount paid out through the Green Recovery Challenge Fund up to £80 million – supporting and creating a combined total of 2,500 green jobs.Â

The two rounds of funding will lead to almost a million trees being planted, contributing towards the Conservative Government’s manifesto commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of Parliament.Â

The fund is also contributing towards the Government’s wider 25 Year Environment Plan commitments, including commitments to treble tree-planting rates in England by the end of this Parliament and restoring 35,000 hectares of peat.Â

Commenting, Selaine Saxby MP for North Devon said: “Preserving and restoring our precious natural environment is absolutely essential if we want it to be there and enjoyed by our children and grandchildren.Â

“At the last election I promised to work with the Government to protect our natural environment, and this funding will help to deliver on that promise as we build back better and greener from the pandemic.”Â

Commenting, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “The diverse and ambitious projects being awarded funding today will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and crucially, help more of the public to access and enjoy the outdoors.Â

“Through our £80 million Fund, we are on track to support over 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the country, which will help us deliver against our 25 Year Environment Plan.”Â

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