THE National Lottery Heritage Fund has given £246,000 to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and others to help with nature recovery planning following the Coronavirus pandemic.
The fund will be split with the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and Nature North, to support partnership-working between local environmental organisations and to strengthen their voice, not only in Cumbria but across the north of England, as they push for a ‘green recovery’.
Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, said: “This is fantastic news and the funding is a life-line for Cumbria Wildlife Trust as an organisation.
"It will help us come through the Covid-19 pandemic with the lost income and additional costs we’ve experienced.
"It will also help us prepare and get ready to recover from its impacts in the coming months and years. For example, by helping to set up and develop some new income streams that will ensure our work is sustainable and so that we can keep on doing great things for the people and wildlife of Cumbria. As we emerge from a public health emergency, the importance, to everybody, of a healthy natural world has never been clearer.
“The grant will also enable us to support the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and the development of Nature North, a new grouping of environmental organisations in the North of England.
“People may have heard of the Northern Powerhouse, the government’s plan to boost economic growth across the north of England. The new Nature North partners believe that the sustainable recovery of the northern economy and the recovery of the natural environment are inextricably linked.
"The funding will help us to work in close collaboration with other environmental organisations in the Northern Powerhouse area and to support ‘greener growth’ in our region.”
David Renwick, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Safeguarding the nature of the north, and aiding its recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key priority for us at The National Lottery Heritage Fund.