New funding award for London’s Royal Parks to help nature thrive
The Royal Parks charity announces the start of a new long-term initiative, Help Nature Thrive, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The substantial funding award will begin a transformation of the parks to become more sustainable, improve biodiversity and protect our natural resources for future generations.
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Help Nature Thrive – The Royal Parks Charity
As the custodian of some of London’s largest green spaces, The Royal Parks will be a key player in helping the city adapt to climate change. Parks can alleviate the urban heat-island effect, their soils act as carbon-stores and control the movement of rainwater, helping to prevent flooding and storing water for times of drought, they provide shade and shelter for people and contribute to the wellbeing of millions. The network of green spaces and their habitats also form wildlife corridors through the city for a huge range of species, from pollinators to amphibians, mammals to birds.
Help Nature Thrive will begin with a programme of expert-led research across the Royal Parks to understand the essential contribution that its natural resources make to the local environment, and identify how they can be restored, strengthened and developed. The team will also be delivering habitat creation and enhancement works across the parks’ landscapes to help populations of rare and important wildlife to thrive.
Visitors can join the charity’s conservation movement through a programme of free activities to discover nature in the parks, from expert-led walks, talks and wildlife-spotting tours to ongoing volunteering opportunities, as well as engagement activities with local schools and communities.
Andrew Scattergood, Chief Executive of The Royal Parks, said: “As custodians of 5,000 acres of historic green space across London, we want to ensure that we’re enhancing every possible acre of our landscape to boost its biodiversity value, as well as its appeal to visitors. We know from the past two years just how important parks and green spaces are to people, particularly in cities where nature is at a premium, so increasing the amount of natural habitat throughout the parks will not only benefit wildlife but will also enrich visitors’ experience of these beloved green spaces.“We would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for all their support and we’re delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership. This award will help secure the parks’ future in a changing climate so that Londoners and visitors can enjoy them for decades to come.”