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25 Year Environment Plan Published!

11th January 2018 in News

Its finally here the governments 25 year environment plan… www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan

Written Ministerial Statement made by Michael Gove on 11th January 2018

It is this Government’s ambition to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. We have made significant progress but there is much more to be done. The 25 Year Environment Plan that we have published today outlines the steps we propose to take to achieve our ambition.

Environment is – at its roots – another word for nature, for the planet that sustains us, the life on earth that inspires wonder and reverence, the places dear to us we wish to protect and preserve. We value those landscapes and coastlines as goods in themselves, places of beauty which nurture and support all forms of wildlife.

Respecting nature’s intrinsic value, and the value of all life, is critical to our mission. For this reason we safeguard cherished landscapes from economic exploitation, protect the welfare of sentient animals and strive to preserve endangered woodland and plant life, not to mention the greening of our urban environments.

But we also draw from the planet all the raw materials we need to live – food, water, air and energy for growth. So protecting and enhancing the environment, as this Plan lays out, is about more than respecting nature. It is critical if the next generation is to flourish, with abundant natural resources to draw on, that we look after our and their inheritance wisely. We need to replenish depleted soil, plant trees, support wetlands and peatlands, rid seas and rivers of rubbish, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleanse the air of pollutants, develop cleaner, sustainable energy and protect threatened species and habitats.

Previous Governments, here and in other nations, have made welcome strides and driven environmental improvement. Yet as this 25 Year Plan makes clear, there is much more still to do. We must tread more lightly on our planet, using resources more wisely and radically reducing the waste we generate. Waste is choking our oceans and despoiling our landscapes as well as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and scarring habitats. The success of the 5p plastic bag charge in reducing the use of carrier bags by 85% shows the difference which government action can make, and demonstrates that protecting our environment is a job for each one of us. The Plan outlines ways to reduce the use of plastics that contribute to pollution, and broader steps to encourage recycling and the more thoughtful use of resources. Over the lifetime of this Plan, we want to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste.

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy – the sister document to this Environment Plan – sets out how we will deliver the clean, green growth needed to combat global warming. We will do what is necessary to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, improving the resilience of our infrastructure, housing and natural environment.

Population growth and economic development will mean more demand for housing and this Government is committed to building many more homes. However, we will ensure that we support development and the environment by embedding the principle that new development should result in net environmental gain – with neglected or degraded land returned to health and habitats for wildlife restored or created.

Most of our land is used, however, for agriculture not housing. The new system of support that we will bring in for farmers – true friends of the earth, who recognise that a care for land is crucial to future rural prosperity – will have environmental enhancement at its heart.

We will support farmers to turn over fields to meadows rich in herbs and wildflowers, plant more trees, restore habitats for endangered species, recover soil fertility and attract wildlife back. We will ensure broader landscapes are transformed by connecting habitats into larger corridors for wildlife, as recommended by Sir John Lawton in his official review. Our plan for a new Northern Forest, to which we’re contributing more than £5 million, will be accompanied by a new review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Planting more trees provides not just new habitats for wildlife – it also helps reduce carbon dioxide levels and can reduce flood risk. We will work with nature to protect communities from flooding, slowing rivers and creating and sustaining more wetlands to reduce flood risk and offer valuable habitats.

Beyond our coastlines, we must do more to protect the seas around us and marine wildlife. Leaving the EU means taking back control of the waters around these islands. We will develop a fishing policy that ensures seas return to health and fish stocks are replenished. We will also extend the marine protected areas around our coasts so that these stretches of environmentally precious maritime heritage have the best possible protection.

Internationally, we will lead the fight against climate change, invest to prevent wildlife crime, pursue a ban on sales of ivory, and strengthen partnerships to tackle illegal wildlife trade beyond borders, including investigating the feasibility of an anti-poaching taskforce.

We will underpin all this action with a comprehensive set of environmental principles. To ensure strong governance, we will consult on plans to set up a world-leading environmental watchdog, an independent, statutory body, to hold Government to account for upholding environmental standards. We will regularly update this Plan to reflect the changing nature of the environment.

While this 25 Year Environment Plan relates only to areas for which HMG is responsible, we will continue to work with the devolved administrations on our shared goal of protecting our natural heritage.

These actions will, we hope, ensure that this country is recognised as the leading global champion of a greener, healthier, more sustainable future for the next generation.

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Lottery funding success for TVNP

6th December 2017 in News

*PRESS RELEASE*

Tees Valley Nature Partnership wins National Lottery support

Good news for the Tees Valley Nature Partnership, it has received £10,000 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project that will contribute to ensuring the future of nature and wildlife across the Tees Valley.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will help to develop a partnership that is confident, sufficiently resourced and accountable. This comes at a key time in the recent evolution of the Tees Valley with the new Tees Valley Combined Authority and South Tees Development Corporation. By strengthening the nature partnership, it (we?) can give a clear and loud collective voice to nature to ensure it is protected, enhanced with new opportunities for people to appreciate it. This will assist these key organisations in delivering positive change in the Tees Valley.

Commenting on the award, Timothy Crawshaw, Chair of the Tees Valley Nature Partnership said: “We are thrilled to have received this support, thanks to National Lottery players all the organisations and groups involved in nature across the Tees Valley will be able work more effectively together to help ensure a bright future for our nature and wildlife”

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South Tees Regeneration

29th November 2017 in News

The South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) is the first Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) outside of London. It has been set up to promote the economic growth and commercial development of Tees Valley by converting assets in the South Tees area into opportunities for business investment and economic growth. The TVNP also see this as an opportunity to develop the environmental assets too.

The STDC area covers approximately 4,500 acres of land to the south of the River Tees, in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland, and includes former SSI steelworks site as well as other industrial assets. The area benefits from river access and includes the deep-water port of Teesport, England’s largest exporting port. Of particular interest to the Nature Partnership the area also incorporates South Gare, Coatham Sands Coatham Marsh and borders Bran Sands and the river Tees. The rest of the site itself too has current and potential ecological interest.

A draft Master Plan has been developed that aims to provide a flexible framework for achieving the socio-economic ambitions for the regeneration of the South Tees area, realising that a long time frame is necessary for the successful implementation of the plan for economic growth in South Tees and the wider Tees Valley area.

The STDC opened  a six week consultation period as ‘feedback and support from local people and business is extremely important to the success of the South Tees Development Corporation.’ The TVNP has co-ordinated and submitted a joint response from our key partners to add to the responses that individual partners have also made. You can view our response here: TVNP response to STDC draft plan.

View our TVNP Tees Estuary slide show for more information on the natural assets.

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Autumn 2017 Newsletter

2nd November 2017 in News

Keep up-to date with our quarterly newsletter to see what the partnership and the partners are up to. Visit our dedicated page TVNP Newsletters to see more & don’t forget to subscribe!

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Teesside’s Little Tern Season

24th October 2017 in News

Little terns Sternula albifrons have nested around Teesmouth for at least a hundred years. They had traditionally nested on the south side of the river in an area of Coatham Sands known as The Ducky. In the mid 1990s there was a progressive relocation of birds to Crimdon Denemouth, on the Durham / Hartlepool boundary, and it is here that they have almost exclusively bred since 2005. The UK breeding population continues to decline in line with European and international trends. Their nest sites, on suitable beaches are very vulnerable to predation and disturbance. The Little Tern Project co-ordinated by the Durham Heritage Coast with input from INCA, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils aims to help our local population of these migrant visitors.

The full report can be found at Little tern report 2017

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Thanks to Josh…

9th October 2017 in News

This summer the Nature Partnership had the support of Josh Fawcett, Geography undergraduate from University College London who volunteered his time and energy to work on the Biodiversity Opportunity Area (BOA) mapping project.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time and found it very relevant to my studies. Allowing me to apply knowledge learnt at university into a real working environment… (it)  has inspired me to delve into the possibilities of a  career relating to nature conservation work. The experience which I gained has proved invaluable.” Josh Fawcett

His hard work and diligence has enabled us to map and describe BOAs within ‘East Cleveland’ and ‘Middlesbrough Beck Valleys’ landscape areas. These areas should be completed this year with Teesmouth and the River Tees Corridor to follow.

Thanks Josh, we hope we attract an undergraduate volunteer next summer of such high calibre! If you or anyone you know would be interested in a future placement please do contact us

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CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS

9th October 2017 in News

This year we teamed up with ‘Your Tees Catchment Partnership’ to host a joint ‘partnerships’ event. We held it at Preston Park Museum and over 90 people attended the day. The event was a mixture of presentations, varied workshops, networking, yummy food (the cream scones are particularly good) and even a spot of Tai Chi and meditation! It was such a success we are hosting another joint conference next year! All the varied presentations from the day can be found on the Conference 2017 page of this website. For a full report on the day read the article in Wild Tees article 7-2017

Conference photo montage

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Human health – nature based ‘social prescribing’

19th January 2017 in News

Picture1There is a growing body of evidence for the value of nature to our health and well-being. Natural England have produced a series of evidence briefings you can find on this site TVNP Natural health & well-being. Their latest study engages local authorities and health commissioners to identify best practice in a range of social prescribing services referring people to nature-based (green care) interventions in light of:

The NHS ambitions to focus on individual and community involvement in healthcare.
The shift to more local delivery of health and care services.
The under-utilisation of existing green care services. And
The vast potential to increase the scale of green care provision.

Options for improving the commissioning of, and referral to, these services as well as scaling-up the provision of nature-based interventions are explored.

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North East Wildlife Photography Competition

11th November 2016 in News

Welcome back for the 2017 competition!

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24th October 2016 in News

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