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Our plan

Meeting the ambitions of our Environmental Growth Strategy needs clear and well-evidenced priorities on where in Cornwall we can grow nature. This will help us to understand where the most effective places in Cornwall are to help nature recover. Whether through: 

  • wildflower habitats for pollinators
  • woodlands and wetlands to fight climate change
  • new green spaces to enjoy
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Cornwall has been chosen by Government as one of only 5 places in the country to be a 'Nature Recovery Pilot'. This is to help develop a 'Local Nature Recovery Strategy'. We are calling this our Nature Recovery Plan.

This will lay out Cornwall's plan to grow nature and kickstart the recovery of wildlife. It provides a chance to shape a coherent approach for developing nature-based solutions. These can deliver a range of environmental, economic and social benefits.

It will be one of the delivery plans for our Environmental Growth Strategy. It will clearly put the ecological emergency as a priority alongside the climate emergency – with Cornwall as a leader in response to both.

What are ‘Local Nature Recovery Strategies’?

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS’s) are plans for growing nature in local areas. They consist of:

  • a map of the most valuable areas for wildlife,
  • opportunities to improve nature further,
  • local priorities for increasing biodiversity

The strategies will be a statutory requirement of the upcoming Environment Bill. This means that local councils must develop one when the Bill becomes law. Councils will then have to report on progress on the LNRS every five years.

What does the pilot involve?

The pilot will involve the creation of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). We are calling this our 'Nature Recovery Plan'. This will involve creating a map of nature in Cornwall. It will also include working with local stakeholders to identify opportunities and priorities to grow nature.

We will be developing the Plan between now and March. This is alongside refreshing our 2015 Environmental Growth Strategy.

Coordination will be led by Cornwall Council. The plan will be co-owned and co-created by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership.

We will be engaging with a large range of local stakeholders across Cornwall to shape the Plan, so keep an eye on this page for our plans for engagement.

The pilot itself does not itself involve funding to deliver specific projects on the ground and in the community. The purpose of the pilot is to help us shape a plan and gather evidence for where projects and funding would be best placed. If you are looking for funding for a project, please see our funding page.

What will the plan and the pilot be useful for?

It will be one of the crucial delivery plans for our Environmental Growth Strategy. It will specify how we will realise its target that 30% of the land and seas of Cornwall and Scilly to be positively managed for nature by 2030.

By helping us to understand where the most effective places in Cornwall are it will help nature recover. It will also help guide a future investment plan.

It will also support us in multiple ways including:

  • Strengthening other local ambitions with nature-based solutions. For example, it will strengthen local ambitions on climate change and flood risk management. This will be by guiding nature-based approaches to carbon removal and flood prevention. For example, priority areas for Forest for Cornwall
  • Guiding other local policy initiatives. These include:
  • Helping us to influence and work closely with Government, before they roll out LNRS’s to the rest of the country
  • Helping us to attract future funding for environmental growth

How can I get involved?

We want you to help shape the plan. Whether it's wildflowers for pollinators, more trees to fight climate change, more green spaces in our towns, or a habitat or species you’re passionate about – let us know what you care about!

Have your say on Nature Recovery

We are also seeking to identify all the amazing existing work going on in Cornwall to support nature. Have you been involved in a project you want to tell us about? You can tell us more by taking our Environmental Growth Projects Survey, or email us at grow-nature@Cornwall.gov.uk.