300,000 hectares of wildlife habitat will be restored as a result of the Green Britain campaign’s success.
Hundreds of thousands of hectares of habitat will be restored by farmers across England to protect native species.
The Daily Express and our Green Britain Needs You campaign have won a victory with new government plans to restore up to 300,000 hectares of wildlife habitat by 2042.
Yesterday, Environment Secretary George Eustice announced that 15 projects will be chosen for the Landscape Recovery initiative’s initial stages.
They’ll concentrate on ensuring the survival of endangered species and reviving rivers and streams that have been damaged.
The projects will also provide “significant environmental benefits,” such as carbon savings of 25 to 50 kilotonnes per year, which is roughly equivalent to removing 25,000 cars from the road.
“We want to see profitable farming businesses producing nutritious food, supporting a growing rural economy, where nature is recovering and people have better access to it,” Mr Eustice said.
To test our approach, we’ve partnered with over 3,000 farmers.”
Farmers will be compensated under the Local Nature Recovery scheme for taking actions that benefit nature on a local level, such as creating habitats, planting trees, and restoring peat and wetlands.
Green groups applauded the new initiative to manage up to 60% of England’s agricultural soil sustainably by 2030.
“This marks an historic shift in the way we manage our land,” said Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England.
The plans put us on track to produce sustainable food while also addressing the pressing need to slow and reverse nature’s decline.”
The Express and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds raised half of the £90,000 needed to purchase Horse Common in the New Forest and restore it to its natural state.
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