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Worcestershire Successful in Local Nature Partnership Bid

The Worcestershire Partnership Environment Group's application to Government for recognition of the county's strategic Local Nature Partnership has been formally accepted by Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

The approval of the first 41 Local Nature Partnerships across England was announced on Tuesday 17 July and nine more are working closely with Defra towards recognition later this year.

Defra confirmed that the partnerships will work to enhance the range of benefits and services we get from a healthy natural environment and will work with land owners and managers to improve the multiple benefits we receive from the good management of land.

In making the final announcement Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Natural Environment, said: “The vision, energy and commitment displayed in these applications was wonderful. Really diverse partners, many coming together for the first time, to work across geographic boundaries and administrative borders, and finding innovative ways of pooling and sharing limited local resources.  And all this driven by the ambition to not only safeguard nature, but to recognise its importance to economic growth and the wellbeing of communities."

The role of the Local Nature Partnership in Worcestershire will be to champion a vision for the future of our natural environment and to work with partners in other sectors, such as business and enterprise, landowners, health and tourism, to ensure the future prosperity and health of our natural and historic environment.

The Local Nature Partnership takes its place alongside the three other strategic partnerships for the county: the Health and Wellbeing Board, Place Shaping Group and Local Enterprise Partnership

David Throup, Chair of Worcestershire Partnership Environment Group, said: "I'm delighted that our application has been successful. Worcestershire has a great tradition of partnership working and I'm confident that our new status will enable us to do even more for our county's precious environment"

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Chair of the Worcestershire Partnership, said: "Worcestershire has been awarded Local Nature Partnership status by DEFRA, which is good news for the county. We're delighted that we're one of the first 41 partnerships across the country to be given recognition and I think it will build on the excellent reputation we have in that field".

The Worcestershire Partnership Environment Group (WPEG) will now become the Local Nature Partnership, but the exact operational structures, priorities and ways of working of the new role as LNP are still being defined. During the transitional period, WPEG information will continue to be available at, and the group can be contacted through the secretariat at, 01905 766097.

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