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Farmers at heart of groundbreaking nature recovery project - The National Lottery Heritage Fund

A farmer and his dogs on Hill Gill Farm. Credit: Natural England
A farmer and his dogs on Hill Gill Farm. Credit: Natural England

£5.7million of National Lottery funding will help reverse the decline of some of Britain’s most important natural landscapes in the north of England.

The Tees-Swale: Naturally Connected project’s collaborative approach will bring together farmers, landowners, conservation organisations, communities, volunteers and partner organisations. Its aim is to boost biodiversity, mitigate climate change and enhance people's wellbeing.

Over five years, the "ambitious and forward-thinking" Tees-Swale project will improve over 829km² of treasured upland landscapes across Upper Teesdale in the North Pennines and Upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The landscapes include blanket bog – an important habitat and carbon store – and a large percentage of the UK’s remaining uplands hay meadows, home to wading birds including lapwing, redshank, snipe and curlew.

The programme will support farming methods which value and work in harmony with nature. It will also restore threatened natural heritage, connect priority habitats and help to reverse the decline in biodiversity

René Olivieri, Chair of The National Lottery Heritage Fund: "Never before has the need to aid nature’s recovery, particularly in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, been more urgent."

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