New wetland restoration fund welcome

Friday 3rd February 2012

Image: Zsuzsanna BirdImage: Zsuzsanna Bird

The Wildlife Trusts welcome a new Government fund of £28 million to clean up England’s rivers and wetlands, and encourage local wildlife to flourish.

The Catchment Restoration Fund announced today (3 February) by Environment Minister Richard Benyon aims to help communities tackle pollution and remove redundant dams, weirs and other man-made structures to create habitats which work for wildlife.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:
“Rivers and wetlands teeming with wildlife are an important indicator that the natural environment, on which we all depend, is in good condition. There is much to do to reverse past damage to these habitats.

“Through partnership working on a local level, taking a catchment wide approach, and with sufficient funding and regulation in place, progress can be made. With the help of this new initiative, we hope to see our wonderful wetlands thriving in the future.”

Catchment Restoration Fund


To read Defra’s news release announcing the Catchment Restoration Fund visit: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2012/02/03/28-million-to-enable-communities...
More detail on the Catchment Restoration Fund is available on the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/136182.aspx.

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