St Nicks

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St Nicks receives grant of £109,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

We are excited to share that St Nicks has been successful in securing £109,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund for our project Green Corridors York.

Green Corridors York
will kick start the creation and restoration of more, bigger, better and more joined up habitats across three landscape scale corridors and 22 sites across the York Local Authority Area, including floodplain meadow, hedgerows, woodland and riparian habitat of the critically endangered tansy beetle.

Mating tansy beetle at St Nicks LNR

St Nicks’ Green Corridors York project has been awarded a grant from the second round of the Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery

Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Work will be carried out on over 600 sites from North Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, and combined with the first round, almost a million trees will be planted, contributing towards the Government’s commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of this Parliament.

Green Corridors York will:
– Create and restore 78ha through small scale interventions and solutions;
– Form and support corridor wide Nature Conservation Groups;
– Develop and lead cross-sector Action Groups;
– Train citizen scientists to assess habitats and record key species;
– Create project legacy Corridor Restoration Plans for longer term solutions across 266ha;
– Increase resource and capacity to deliver sustainable habitat management through expert training, and purchasing essential machinery and equipment

St Nicks Natural Habitats Manager, Jonathan Dent, said:

“We are so happy to have received funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund for Green Corridors York. We have been developing this project for a number of years so it is incredibly rewarding for the hard work to have finally paid off!”

“York is blessed with some amazing natural green corridors. Much of the biodiversity interest is within its wetland and grassland habitats, mainly associated with the river corridors, Ings land or flood meadows. Green Corridors York will work across the Clifton Ings, Fulford Ings and Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Beck corridors to create new and enhance existing habitats to benefit endangered species such as tansy beetle and water vole. Through close working with local nature conservation groups, land owners and communities, we will bring people together to have a bigger impact across the corridors and improve the resilience of core wildlife sites such as Fulford Ings SSSI.”

Green Corridors Volunteer Beki at Fulford Ings

Green Corridors Volunteer Beki at Fulford Ings

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. Connecting people with nature is another priority theme: by increasing access to nature and greenspaces, projects will support both physical and mental wellbeing. The Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“The diverse and ambitious projects being awarded funding today will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and crucially, help more of the public to access and enjoy the outdoors.
“Through our £80 million Fund, we are on track to support over 2,500 jobs in England, plant almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the country, which will help us deliver against our 25 Year Environment Plan.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“From wetland restoration, to creating wildlife-rich habitat for bees, it is vital that we value, protect and rebuild our natural heritage. This new funding will not only allow projects to carry out direct conservation which is essential in protecting our biodiversity, but it will increase awareness of how and why we need to change our behaviours in order to protect our future.”

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said:
“By supporting jobs from Northumberland to Somerset, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will help deliver a nature positive future. The fund supports young people to develop skills needed to protect nature, build back greener and prepare for climate impacts, like floods and heatwaves.”

Natural England Chair Tony Juniper said:
“Our environmental and conservation charity sector does an incredible job in protecting, improving and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of communities and the economy.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said:
“This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament. We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.”

A full list of awards is available to view at:

2 August 2021