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6th June 2019 in News

We are excited to announce the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded us £280,758 with a match from the five Tees Valley Local Authorities of £47,621. The funding over three years supports the delivery of our business plan and ensures a people-led approach to achieving our aims through –  raising the profile of the nature partnership; building the capacity of local people; building the capacity of the partnership.
We officially launch this new phase of the partnership at the Festival of Thrift on the 14th/15th September. Before then…


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25 Year Environment Plan Progress

17th May 2019 in News

Today the government published the first the 25 Year Environment Plan progress report.

The report records progress against the ten goals of the plan and finds that 90% of priority actions have been delivered or are on track for timely delivery.

Key successes include:

  • Preparing the first Environment Bill in over 20 years which will place the 25 Year Environment Plan on statutory footing and put environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government.
  • Consulting on plans for biodiversity net gain to ensure new houses meet the needs of people and also contribute to ecological recovery.
  • Cracking down on plastic waste by introducing one of the world’s strongest microbeads bans, setting out plans to ban plastic straws and more.
  • Laying our landmark Agriculture Bill before Parliament.
  • Combatting illegal wildlife trade through introducing our landmark Ivory Act.
  • Safeguarding our forests and woodlands by starting the creation of a Northern Forest and appointing a Tree Champion.
  • Protecting habitats by launching a review to enhance England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Protecting our marine environment by launching our flagship Fisheries Bill.

The report outlines new commitments to strengthen the plan going forward, including plans to undertake an environmental citizen science project.

We also published a new indicator framework for the 25 Year Environment Plan, becoming the first country to establish a comprehensive indicator list from which to monitor environmental progress. Our aim in publishing the framework is to draw together a comprehensive suite of measures for the state of our natural world, drawing on established data sets and identifying where new information is required and how we might best obtain it.

The report’s publication comes during the Year of Green Action, a year-long drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world – and a key deliverable of the 25 YEP.


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UK Natural Capital Committee – latest advice

14th May 2019 in News


Natural Capital Committee advice on soil management

Natural Capital Committee (NCC) advice and recommendations on soil management.

9:54am, 14 May 2019: First published.

Natural Capital Committee advice on marine management

Natural Capital Committee (NCC) advice and recommendations on marine management.

9:54am, 14 May 2019: First published.

Natural Capital Committee advice to government on net environmental gain

Natural Capital Committee (NCC) advice and recommendations on net environmental gain.

9:55am, 14 May 2019: First published.

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New Protection for Tees Estuary Wildlife

7th May 2019 in News

Stream of water cutting through grassNatural England confirmed today that a new SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) has been declared for Teesmouth and the Cleveland Coast.

The Tees Estuary is a unique environment where industrial facilities share the landscape with a wide range of coastal habitats which teem with wildlife. There were previously seven SSSI’s protecting parts of the Tees Estuary, which have now been merged and expanded into a single, landscape-scale SSSI, totalling nearly 3000 hectares (or 12 square miles). The newly enlarged SSSI will provide clarity for developers and other stakeholders regarding the environmental assets of the site.

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Biodiversity Net Gain: Updating Planning Requirements

26th April 2019 in News

The UK government was ‘seeking views on how we can improve the planning system in England to protect the environment (biodiversity net gain) and build places to live and work’…we received 670 responses to this consultation. We are finalising our analysis and expect to publish a government response to the consultation alongside the Environment Bill later this year.

*TVNP will keep you posted of development as they arise…

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South Tees – Clean Air

8th April 2019 in News

Work Starts on a Clean Air Strategy for South Tees

A first workshop to inform and gather initial ideas was held in March. The presentations were so good they are included here:

S Tees Clean Air intro

Air Quality & the Health Impacts, Public Health England: Air Pollution & Health PHE

Local Air Quality in South Tees – How Good is our Air?: Local Air Quality findings

Transport Infrastructure – Plans of the area: Local transport & air pollution

Industrial Pollution control in the South Tees area: Air Quality & Regulated Industry

Tees Valley Combined Authority: TVCA Air Quality Options 4 Change

Middlesbrough Environment City perspective: Active Travel & Modal Shift

STees Clean Air Strategy Workshop Outputs

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TVNP Business Plan

8th April 2019 in News

The 2019-2022 Business Plan is finally here! TVNP Business Plan 2019-2022 

Timothy Crawshaw, Chair of TVNP states ‘Our work over the coming years will embrace the emerging opportunities and will focus on creating the business case for investment in the natural environment, securing benefits for the economy, communities and the environment. In this Business Plan we outline the key activities that the Partnership will undertake to achieve this ambition.

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New Member

3rd April 2019 in News

We welcome ‘The Festival of Thrift’ as a new member

We are pleased to welcome our latest addition to the Tees Valley Nature Partnership. This ever popular, creative celebration of sustainable living has continued to go from strength to strength and attracts around 35-40 thousand visitors a year.’ It’s not just a 2 day event’ either as Stella Hall, Festival Director affirms ‘its the culmination of a years activities across the Tees Valley and a launching point for projects and initiatives going forward into the next year’. Come this September along and visit many of our partner organisations that attend the event to promote the great work they do.

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LNPs Response to ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’

29th March 2019 in News

Biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements

Planning how we use our spaces: where house building is permitted, what land is set aside for commercial development to identifying important green spaces and wildlife corridors is the responsibility of local government.  The first part is setting out the vision through the ‘Local Plan’ – crudely what goes where and the second part is responding to planning enquires and applications. The government sets out  the national requirements that informs each area and applies to all councils in England. This is called the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) supported by the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG).

The government, through Defra have set out proposals to make biodiversity net gain necessary for developments when granting planning permission. Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand.

The national LNP network stepped up to the plate and provided a joint response to this consultation: LNPs Response to NET GAIN consultation Thanks to our TVNP Natural Assets Working Group who made a great contribution to this response.

The consultation ended in February we’ll keep you posted of the outcomes…

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Autumn Newsletter Out Now

29th October 2018 in News

Click on the image for the full newsletter to see what has been happening since the summer