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Land Trust launches biodiversity strategy

Words: Laura Edgar
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Land management charity the Land Trust has launched a five-year biodiversity, environment and ecology strategy.

The trust said it will work with its managing partners, volunteer workforce and local communities to undertake a national biodiversity baseline of its sites. It is also aiming to better record the habitat management work that takes place on its parks and green spaces.

The strategy focuses on three key themes:

  1. Developing the current assets – protecting and enhancing what the Land Trust already has, and educating those who live, learn and work close to its sites.
  2. Mandatory biodiversity net gain – working with property developers to provide sustainable local development that enhances the environment.
  3. Climate change adaptation/natural capital investment – use existing and pipeline sites to protect and enhance the local area from climate change threats and gain a greater understanding of the social value the trust can deliver, encouraging and working to deliver natural capital investment.

The trust said its ambition is for its parks and green spaces to be “as rich in biodiversity as possible”.

To achieve its goals, the trust said it will promote the conservation, protections and improvement of the physical and natural environment and advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development and the protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of the environment.

It will also promote urban and rural regeneration in areas of economic and social deprivation by the protection or conservation of the environment.

Such work can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change, said the trust. 

Alan Carter, director of operations, said: “At the Land Trust we have long understood the important role our parks and green spaces can play in helping the environment, biodiversity and ecology of an area, and we have always managed our sites in such a way to allow them to thrive.

“Working in collaboration with our managing partners and others, we deliver a huge amount of activity that benefits the environment.

“However, the challenge of delivering charitable outcomes is ensuring that we can organise events and activities that benefit our communities while ensuring that it doesn’t negatively affect the wildlife and biodiversity that call our sites home.

“What we try to do is the opposite. We engage with the local community so that they understand and value the natural environment around them, and by doing so we encourage them to undertake activities and tasks which improve the environment and biodiversity.”

The Land Trust’s strategy can be viewed on its website (pdf).

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