‘The Recharge in Nature Fund’ supports locally delivered vital nature restoration, biodiversity and wellbeing initiatives. These initiatives, one in each park, were identified by the Parks based on their unique needs and will enable the National Parks to progress their work faster and with lasting impact in these high priority areas.
In 2023, the fund will focus on 5 key initiatives. A further 10 initiatives will be supported throughout the three-year partnership.
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The Community Engagement Programme in Dartmoor.
This initiative aims to give children from surrounding urban communities the opportunity to experience the special properties of Dartmoor and to forge a long-lasting connection with nature. Research shows that if you can connect a child to the natural environment when they’re between the ages of 7 and 11, they are more likely to show sustainable behaviours in later life.*
“Dartmoor has changed my life. Just to come up here and breathe in the fresh air, to enjoy the tremendous views, to explore the geology, to walk from tor to tor.”
Information Advisor at Haytor, Dartmoor National Park
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'Dew Ponds Restoration' in South Downs.
Dew ponds are vital to the lush habitat of the South Downs, but a recent survey suggests as many as 70% of the ponds are in poor condition or have disappeared. We're funding the restoration of and creation of new dew ponds to improve water quality and encourage all manner of species that are vital to the local ecosystem. This will also enrich the experience and enjoyment for local visitors and the pond-dipping school children who visit them.
'Wild Leaders' in The North York Moors.
The Young Rangers is a volunteering scheme for children aged 11-17 in The North York Moors. Right now, there is a critical missing link for those who want to move into adult volunteering. Our ‘Wild Leaders’ programme will encourage young people (aged 17+) from towns and cities surrounding the North York Moors to volunteer in the National Park. The initiative will help promote their physical and mental health, while establishing a group of long-term conservationists for the National Park.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
This initiative will develop a new transport service to run over the peak summer months, aimed at providing more sustainable travel options to the National Park, reducing emissions and pressure on local roads, as well as making popular locations more accessible to visitors who don’t have access to a car.
The Natural Flood Defence Restoration Programme.
Measuring 3.5 miles long, the glacial Llyn Tegid in Wales is home to a variety of rare and unique species that are important to the local ecosystem and depend on optimal water quality in order to thrive. This initiative aims to improve natural flood management measures, like hedgerow planting, to reduce and slow down the overland flow of water carrying harmful phosphates into the River Dee, which runs into the lake.
“The glutinous snail is entirely dependent on clean, well oxygenated waters. It’s a canary in the mine in a way, an early indicator to us that the environment is doing well or otherwise.”
Dafydd Rhys Roberts
Senior Ecologist, Eryri National Park
*Based on research by the University of Derby's Nature Connectedness Research Group and experiences at National Trust sites, research conducted by Miles Richardson for the University of Derby shows that if you can connect a child aged up to 11 with the natural environment, they are more likely to exhibit sustainable behaviours later in life.