A “Local Nature Partnership” for Greater Manchester? Maybe…

MCFly’s bio-diversity reporter Dave Bishop spills the (organic and locally-sourced) beans about a new “Local Nature Partnership”

On Friday 3rd February 2012 I attended a consultation workshop on the setting up of a Greater Manchester Local Nature Partnership (LNP). I represented the Friends of Chorlton Meadows and Chorlton Civic Society. Forty seven other people attended the event, representing a variety of other organisations ranging from the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, through various GM local authorities and other statutory bodies, to several different natural history societies and friends groups. The meeting was held in New Century Hall in central Manchester.

The day was led by Paul Burroughs, of Red Rose Forest, who heads the shadow steering group for the GM LNP.

The purpose of the day was to explore what the role of a GM LNP should be and how it could work with the organisations represented (and any other relevant organisations).

The concept of LNPs comes out of the Government’s ‘Natural Environment’ White Paper published on 7th June 2011. The essential message of the White Paper is as follows:

A strong natural environment is the foundation for sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal well-being.

A Local Nature Partnership for Greater Manchester would:

  • Raise awareness of the services and benefits of a healthy natural environment.
  • Bring together partners to coordinate and strengthen action to protect and improve the city region’s natural environment.

More information on LNPs is to be found on Defra’s website:


Before the GM LNP can be formally established several more stages need to be gone through (including more consultations) culminating in the submission of a formal proposal and application to set up a GM LNP and a business plan this summer (2012).

Dave Bishop
(Written 10th Feb 2012)

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