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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian Gives Support to Nature Recovery Network

May 3, 2018

Julian recently attended an event hosted by The Wildlife Trusts to show his support for the creation of a Nature Recovery Network; a well-designed network of places for nature which links ups green spaces and protected areas in towns, cities and countryside to deliver positive benefits for both people and wildlife.

Research across the globe shows that a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world is essential for wellbeing and prosperity.  But wildlife has been getting less and less common, on land and at sea, for decades. Wild places are scarcer, smaller and more isolated, and there is also less nature and greenery in the places where people live and work.

To address these problems The Wildlife Trusts launched a new report ‘Towards a wilder Britain – creating a Nature Recovery Network’. This report promotes the idea of a Nature Recovery Network to set out plans for the environment over the next 25 Years, with rules on planning and farming.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts said:

Nature is valuable for its own sake and is the foundation of our society and of our economy. Yet our wildlife has declined over the years and urgently needs our support in order to recover.   By building a Nature Recovery Network, supported by wildlife-friendly farming and planning policies, we will guarantee future generations the benefits that a nature-rich environment brings and they deserve.

Speaking afterwards, Julian added:

I’m proud to support a Nature Recovery Network. We all enjoy being in wild places and we know that spending time in nature can make us happier and healthier. I support The Wildlife Trusts’ vision where contact with wildlife is part of our everyday lives and local communities can enjoy the benefits of an improved natural environment.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manage 97 nature reserves across the county, comprising heathlands, meadows, ancient woodlands, beaches and moorland. Three of these reserves are in Julian’s constituency: Askham Bog, Wheldrake Ings and Strensall Common.

You can read a copy of Towards a wilder Britain – creating a Nature Recovery Network here.