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New plan outlines ‘action for nature’ in the county

The new blueprint will protect Leicestershire's natural environment.

Leicestershire's natural environment will be protected.
Leicestershire's natural environment will be protected.

Boosting biodiversity, looking after country parks and valuing the role of nature are at the heart of a brand new blueprint designed to protect Leicestershire’s natural environment.

The county council is setting out a new approach to protecting and improving Leicestershire’s natural environment and biodiversity.

Called ‘Action for Nature’, the plan sets out key areas to focus on, including rivers and wetlands such as the River Anker and parts of the River Soar near Quorn, and a decline in mature trees and grassland areas. It also identifies a number of broad areas for action including:

• Improving the land management practices on land directly owned or managed by the council and supporting the tenants of council land to do the same
• Ensuring biodiversity is included in the development of council policies, plans and projects and adding value to the plans of other partner organisations where possible
• Supporting awareness raising and education on biodiversity
• Maintaining and developing local data on the county’s natural environment
• Identifying opportunities that benefit ecosystems on county council owned land

Our new blueprint is a vital piece of work. It will outline where we need to focus our actions and on which key areas – such as tree management, looking after our country parks and raising awareness of the county’s biodiversity and how people can help to protect it . These measures will help us achieve our ultimate aim becoming a net zero county by 2045.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment

The draft will be discussed at Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee today (Thursday). The plan and related reports can be viewed here.

The document will provide a valuable foundation on which to respond to the proposed changes in the forthcoming Environment Bill. It will integrate with action to meet the council’s net zero ambitions and with wider actions to adapt to the changing climate.

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