Help shape nature’s recovery in Hull and East Yorkshire

A new environmental strategy is being drawn up to enhance and restore nature in Hull and East Yorkshire, with the help of local communities.

Hull City Council is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and other organisations as part of Hull & East Yorkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy (HEY LNRS).

The HEY LNRS will identify local priorities for nature recovery, proposing ways to enhance existing nature hotspots and to create new habitats.

It will also incorporate wider environmental goals, such as water and soil quality improvement, flood alleviation, and climate change mitigation.

Cllr Julia Conner, portfolio holder for environment at Hull City Council said: “Having an urban landscape as a city means we must find new way to support nature and our green spaces.

“By being a part of HEY LNRS, it will help us to do that.

“Being an integral part of the geographical area, the council has embraced that our open spaces can be multi-faceted and can be used for a wide range options, including biodiversity and nature.”

Cllr Paul West, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet member for environment, added: “We want to make sure this new strategy meets the needs of our communities, farmers, businesses and, of course, our wildlife.

“I urge everyone to take part in our survey and come along to our workshops.

“By getting involved in the LNRS, you’re actively contributing to a greener future for Hull and East Yorkshire.”

There will also be holding a series of workshops, with specific sessions for the land management and agriculture sector taking place in early December. For full details and to book a place, visit the HEY LNRS events page.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies were introduced as part of the Environment Act (2021) to provide a co-ordinated approach to nature recovery and help deliver the Government’s vision for a Nature Recovery Network across England.

LNRS have several essential functions, including:

  • Prioritising funding for nature recovery via Biodiversity Net Gain, a strategy to develop land while contributing to the recovery of nature.
  • Helping to deliver the Environmental Land Management Scheme, a new scheme providing payments to farmers and landowners who deliver environmental benefits.
  • Identifying nature-based solutions and directing funding for their delivery.
  • Providing evidence for local planning authorities to help them prepare Local Plans and other strategies.

You can find more information on HEY LRNS here.

Kerry Ryan and Councillor Mark Ieronimo with the Volvo BZL Electric demonstrator.