Robert has welcomed the news that two nature projects in West Oxfordshire have been awarded a grant from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
The two successful projects are:
1. Building Oxfordshire's Freshwater Network: engaging people in nature's recovery was put forward by Freshwater Habitats Trust
2. Waterways, Wildlife & Wellbeing was put forward by Canal & River Trust
Following the success of the first round, the Government doubled the size of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, allocating an additional £40 million investment for a second round of funding.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund, which has kick-started environmental renewal, and created and retained thousands of jobs in England. It has been delivered at pace, supporting nature-based projects to tackle climate change, restore nature, and connect people with the natural environment.
Out of 273 applications, 90 high-quality projects, are being funded under this second round. This round of funding builds on the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change, helping the nation build back greener from the pandemic.
Robert said: "The environmental and conservation charity sector play a vital role in protecting, restoring and improving the natural environment, for the benefit of local communities and the economy. I am delighted that this Defra-led Fund is supporting important nature projects in West Oxfordshire and that nationally it is on track to support over 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees, and increase nature recovery at a huge scale."