G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery

Creating a Nature Recovery Network in Cornwall

Cornwall's G7 Project for Nature Recovery

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Helman Tor Nature Reserve by Ben Watkins 

What is the G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery?

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is the main delivery partner in an ambitious nature recovery project, aiming to deliver a lasting legacy for nature, climate and the people of Cornwall. The G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery (G7LPNR), in partnership with Natural England, will knit together and restore land and habitats for key species like dormice, marsh fritillary butterflies and willow tits. It will also improve access to nature for people’s wellbeing, improve water quality, sequester carbon and employ skilled staff and apprentices to work with local people and communities.

The area will form part of an England wide nature recovery network – a national network of wildlife-rich places which the government has committed to creating in its 25 Year Environment Plan.

Find out more about nature recovery networks by watching our video below:
 

Visit the Nature Recovery Network webpage

Where is the project today?

Since the Prime Minister announced the project’s funding at the G7 summit in June, much progress has been made. The project team (who you can get in touch with below) have been recruited, nature recovery activities such as tree planting are beginning to take place and the team have started organising opportunities for local people to get involved through volunteering and social prescription.

More activity will be delivered by March next year which will help people to access nature in the project’s catchment area, including disabled access to the Cornwall Beaver Project, car parking improvements at Helman Tor Nature Reserve and a new multi-user trail at Goss Moor. The team will soon be welcoming expressions of interest from the local community for future projects that can be delivered for nature’s recovery between March 2022-2025.

Cornwall's G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery - Catchment Area Map

What are the project’s aims?

The G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery (G7LPNR) aims to create new nature rich places and restore protected sites, species and landscape quality in the mid Cornwall area.

This includes plans to connect nature reserves, such as Goss Moor National Nature Reserve and a suite of Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserves, to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cornwall Mining World Heritage Sites, the coast and the Fal estuary and across the china clay pits to the World Heritage Site at Luxulyan Valley.

The project – expected to take five years to complete depending on future funding – will deliver for nature, for climate and for people, and will contribute to the UK’s target to legally protect and improve 30% of land for nature by 2030. 

Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Defra in partnership with others are aiming for the G7LPNR to deliver a lasting legacy for nature and people by:   

  • Restoring land through nature recovery and recreating scarce habitats through sustainable farming. Natural regeneration will be used to create scrub and woodland communities; scarce habitats such as heathland and wetland will be created, as well as the development of meadows and pasture, and the restoration of peat mires in the River Fal headwaters.   
  • Providing opportunities to reintroduce lost species and improving resilience for key species including dormice, marsh fritillary butterflies, and willow tit.   
  • Sequestrating approx. 440,000 tonnes of CO2 through forest growth and wetland restoration, including peat habitats, improved soil condition and the recovery of marine blue carbon habitats.   
  • Improving water quality, encouraging fish diversity and abundance, and reducing flood peaks to reduce downstream flooding.  
  • Improving access to green space and green social prescribing so people across the county can enjoy the wellbeing benefits of contact with nature.  
  • To enable transformation at this scale, the programme will employ skilled staff, develop a green jobs apprenticeship scheme and involve extensive community engagement to kickstart the development of nature’s recovery in Cornwall.

It is hoped that once the project is complete, it will act as a major driver for future green prosperity in Cornwall through green jobs, sustainable tourism and farming, and a significant contribution to the national Nature Recovery Network as set out in the Environment Bill. 

With additional investment and strong environmental laws and protection, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and partners can help deliver bigger, better managed and more joined-up wildlife habitats for nature to thrive.
Carolyn Cadman
Chief Executive of Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Helman Tor - geology

Helman Tor / Cornwall Wildlife Trust / Ben Watkins

Get in touch

The G7LPNR team would love to hear from you to discuss opportunities of how to get involved with the project. 

I’m a farmer or landowner

The G7LPNR project is able to deliver farm plans and land management reports free of charge to farmers like you in the G7 catchment area. These will be created using a whole farm approach, including integrated natural capital, soil, water and business advise. The project’s farm advisors will be able to help you to identify opportunities for nature on your farm and support you in registering for Mid or Higher Tier Stewardship.

There are limited opportunities to receive this help and advice between November 2021 and February 2022. Please get in touch with the project's Partnerships Manager, Paula, at Paula.martin@defra.gov.uk to find out more.

I want to volunteer

The project’s Volunteer Engagement Officer Mat is leading on a wider variety of volunteering opportunities for local people to take part in. These roles will be readily available, accessible and rewarding to volunteers that will ultimately benefit nature and it’s recovery.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the G7LPNR project, please get in touch with our Volunteer Engagement Officer, Mat, at mat.bateman@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.

I’m part of a community group

The G7LPNR project aims to connect more people to nature, getting them excited about what their local area has to offer alongside creating opportunities for them to be involved in nature recovery. The project will also support green social prescribing efforts across the project area, tapping into the fantastic benefits that time in nature can have on improving wellbeing.

If you’re a local community group, business or active in social prescription within the project’s catchment area, our Community Engagement Officer, Amy, would love to hear from you. Please get in touch at amy.gosney@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.

I would like to express my interest in becoming a delivery partner from April 2022

The G7 nature recovery programme is a new Defra project for 2022 – 2025 which will follow the successful pilot year of delivery in 2021/22. The project aims to use nature recovery to deliver outcomes for nature, climate, and people in Cornwall. The programme was launched at the G7 in Cornwall and is delivered through Natural England as the accountable body and Cornwall Wildlife Trust as the Lead Delivery Partner.

Need for intervention

The global biosphere is rapidly approaching a planetary tipping point; climate change and biodiversity loss present one of the most severe tests to global resilience and the global community is immersed in three interlinked crises –of health, of climate and of nature. Nature and its vital ecosystem services are deteriorating worldwide; 14 out of 18 indicators showing the contribution of nature have declined. With half of the world’s GDP moderately or highly dependent on nature, biodiversity loss presents an issue for equality.

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world; the climate crisis is already playing havoc with Britain’s weather systems with some of the hottest and driest summers and wettest winters on record, occurring in the last decade; and many in our communities suffer from a lack of exercise and connection to nature driving obesity, diabetes and poor mental health. There is strong evidence that access to nature improves health and wellbeing..

 There is an urgent need for large-scale ambition here in the UK to address these climate, biodiversity, and health crises. World Leaders gathered in beautiful Cornwall for the G7 summit in June 2021 and we want to capitalise on that significant moment of international action by implementing a programme that harnesses nature recovery and creating a landscape of forest, heaths, wetlands meadows and coast arcing across central Cornwall from the Fal estuary across the china-clay pits to the World Heritage industrial sites and the Cornwall AONB.

The programme will bring together decades of public and private investment into the area, much of which is a post working landscape, showcasing how the Defra 25 YEP is delivering real environmental, social, and economic progress in a local area.

Instructions to complete and return the Expression of Interest form

On behalf of the Project Partners, as the Lead Delivery Partner, Cornwall Wildlife Trust is now inviting Expressions of Interest from potential G7 Nature Recovery Legacy Project Delivery Partners, who wish to apply for project activities to be considered for future funding as part of the delivery programme commencing in April 2022.  Project submitted should address the key outcomes and benefits for nature, people and climate.

Please note that following this Expression of Interest, projects may be invited to complete a second stage of grant application, providing more detail information.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form (Word Document) using one form for each project you wish to submit.

Return the completed form by email to Paula Martin, G7 Partnership Manager, paula.martin@defra.gov.uk

As soon as possible and no later than 17th December 2021.