Image by Steve Pullan, Natural England
Northumberland Wildlife Trust and partners have received funding from DEFRA via Natural England to develop proposals for a new Local Nature Partnership (LNP) which covers the administrative areas of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland (excluding the National Park and North Pennines AONB).
LNPs are a new initiative, announced in the Natural Environment White Paper 2011, tasked with leading on biodiversity, green infrastructure, land restoration and catchment management. They will bring together representatives from different sectors to make links between environmental action and wider economic and community priorities. They will also work alongside the existing Local Enterprise Partnerships to help grow a green and low carbon economy.
The Local Nature Partnership vision is to help manage the natural environment, producing benefits for people, the economy and the environment.
Northumberland's environment is distinctive and a significant asset. The sweeping landscapes and seascapes, important wildlife habitats, iconic landmarks and characteristic towns and villages are hugely valued, not just by local inhabitants but also by the many visitors from across the region and beyond. It covers numerous designated areas and sites, many of which are recognised internationally and nationally for their nature conservation, geological, landscape or built heritage value.
The LNP area covers the county of Northumberland, excluding the National Park and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which are part of the neighbouring Northern Upland Chain LNP. It also includes the Newcastle- upon-Tyne and North Tyneside urban areas. The area south of the River Tyne is in the neighbouring Durham 3 Rivers LNP Area. The large area varies in character, between the urbanised south east corner, and the rural areas to the north and west. Click here to find out which sites within our LNP are designated for geology or biodiversity.
Nature incorporates the wider environment, encompassing landscapes, seascapes, geology, habitats, species and their natural systems. People are integral to this, both influencing and interacting with the natural environment. The contribution this makes to the local economy, and in supporting the health and well-being of people should not be underestimated. Nature is always changing, and the key to a sustainable future lies in balancing environment, economy and people.
As well as the Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle -upon -Tyne local authorities, the partnership includes representatives from a number of environmental bodies (both government and non-government departments), and key areas such as recreation, business, agriculture, tourism and health provision. Click here to discover which partners are involved.
To provide a voice for the natural environment that draws upon all of the organisations in the partnership to influence decision making in the area. The partnership also gives an opportunity to co-ordinate work to ensure better environmental outcomes.
The importance of the natural resources of lowland and coastal Northumberland will be embedded in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy:
- Improve understanding and awareness of nature in lowland and coastal Northumberland
- Protect and enhance nature, strengthening networks by co-ordinating the work of partners and influencing decision makers
- Encourage and facilitate people to engage with nature, and as a result support and promote more sustainable outcomes.
- Highlight the benefits that nature can provide to health, wellbeing and the economy.
The first stakeholder engagement event was held on the 9th February as a starting point to discuss ideas for how the LNP should develop. You can download the presentation slides here.
A summary report of the outcomes of the first stakeholder event can be downloaded here.
Our application for formal recognition as a Local Nature Partnership has been submitted to DEFRA. To download a full copy please click here.