A local group have received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will help future generations get closer to nature.

Natural Cambridgeshire will use the funding to support their work across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, putting nature and people at the heart of the decision-making process.

This will involve listening to local residents, businesses, developers, farmers and local groups who value and support nature and green spaces. They will also work with others on a variety of different projects, such as, ensuring that people can access green spaces, restoring habitats and encouraging nature friendly agricultural practice.

Natural Cambridgeshire is the Local Nature Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is a partnership of leaders from businesses, local authorities, the health sector, farming, wildlife and environmental organisations. Their aims are to champion, influence and enable the creation of a high quality natural environment in the County.

Richard Astle, Chair of Natural Cambridgeshire and Director of Athene Communications in Peterborough, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this award. It will kick start our work programme to improve the quality of the natural environment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We want local people to enjoy nature around them and to have better access to it. We aim to use this funding to listen to local people and work with local communities and businesses. This can have a real impact for local people. For example, by advising how housing developments can be more sensitive to the natural environment, people can get greater access to nature, which in turn benefits their health and quality of life."

Natural Cambridgeshire is hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council.

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