Government appoints Hampshire County Council to take lead role in nature recovery

The Leader of Hampshire County Council has welcomed confirmation from the Government today that the Authority will lead on vital work to ensure Hampshire’s natural environment is protected for residents today and future generations

Jun 30 2023

The Authority has been appointed by Government to prepare a ‘Local Nature Recovery Strategy’ for Hampshire, including the areas of Portsmouth and Southampton. It is expected that £388,000 will be provided to coordinate the development of the new strategy in collaboration with key partners.

County Council Leader, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “Hampshire boasts an incredibly diverse tapestry of natural assets including many important and sensitive sites of international value. Having access to nature is also vital for mental and physical well-being. It is this wonderful natural environment that is among the many things that make Hampshire such a great place in which to live, work, play and visit, and which as an Authority, we are committed to protecting and enhancing for people to enjoy for years to come. Therefore, I am delighted that the County Council has been appointed to this important role to lead the creation of an ambitious approach to nature recovery in Hampshire and will also support national efforts to improve our environment now and in the future. 

“The aim of the Strategy is to bring together organisations and residents to further restore precious habitats, protect wildlife and combat climate change through collective action. There is much incredible work already happening to do just this, and we will now be raising our ambitions further still. We will be providing further updates on our plans and next steps in the coming weeks.”

Hampshire County Council is one of 48 individual local authorities across England that have been designated as leads for the delivery of Local Nature Recovery Strategies. Read more here.

The County Council will work with a coalition of supporting organisations to develop the Strategy including Southampton and Portsmouth unitary authorities, the region’s two national parks and all eleven district and borough councils across Hampshire.