Helping all children, wherever they live, to enjoy the benefits of a thriving natural environment is at the heart of Natural England’s vision for the next five years, published today (Wednesday 7 October).
‘Building Partnerships for Nature’s Recovery’ sets out Natural England’s ambitious blueprint for a more resilient and more accessible natural environment by 2025 and highlights NE’s commitment to helping all enjoy the benefits of our precious natural environment where the live. Recent NE surveys have found approximately one-third of parents wish their children could spend more time outside in nature to support their physical and mental health. The report also found a striking 20 percentage point difference in the time children from the most affluent areas spend outside every week compared with those from more deprived areas.
Natural England Chief Executive Marian Spain said:
Today, attendees of the online event will hear more about NE’s vision and the plan which binds its everyday work in support of the 25 Year Environment Plan, Government’s net zero commitments and a Green Recovery:
- Well managed nature recovery network across land, water and sea. These networks will create and protect resilient ecosystems rich in wildlife and natural beauty, enjoyed by people and widely benefiting society
- People connected to the natural environment for their own and society’s wellbeing, enjoyment and prosperity
- Nature-based solutions contributing fully to tackling the climate change challenge and wider environmental hazards and threats
- Improvements in the natural capital that drives sustainable economic growth, healthy food systems and prospering communities
- Evidence and expertise being used by a broad range of partnerships, organisations and communities to achieve Nature recovery and enable effective regulation and accreditation
- A values-led organisation which delivers excellent service standards to all partners, organisations and communities engaged in achieving Nature’s recovery
These ambitions can only be realised through a combined effort between Natural England and partners. Natural England’s work is focused on protecting and enhancing resilient landscapes and seas; sustainable development; greener farming and fisheries; and connecting people with nature.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: