Net Zero With Nature (NZWN) is our unique, large scale programme of nature recovery that will form a vital part of the effort to achieve the UK’s ambitious new 2035 carbon reduction goals.
We have joined forces with global impact firm Palladium to create new sustainable ways to fund £239million of nature restoration work in National Parks by 2030.
See the press release announcing the new partnership here.
The huge variety of landscapes within the National Parks offer unique opportunities for large-scale nature recovery. Ranging from coastal grassland to upland peat and from broadleaf forest to chalk downland, habitats and ecosystems in the National Parks are crucial to UK biodiversity. They also provide irreplaceable ecosystem services including: carbon sequestration and storage, fresh water, fresh air and flood reduction. You can see some examples of these projects below.
The UK National Parks have a key role to play in achieving the ambitious goals that are vital to achieve if we are to avert climate emergency. We are lucky to employ specialists with a unique breadth and depth of expertise that along with the scope and diversity of landscapes in National Parks makes them ideal testing grounds for innovative new approaches. Joining forces with Palladium adds to that capability: drawing on its experience in the Amazon and biodiversity projects around the world to advise on sustainable private/public finance models across the National Parks.
Net Zero With Nature projects are ready to be put into action. We are seeking partners to fund and promote these projects at a range of scales. For UK-based organisations this offers a unique opportunity to support nature capital close to home that enhances the habitats and ecosystems you, your employees and their families know and love. An investment in long term global climate security that has immediate local payoffs.
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Dartmoor National Park has 31,500ha of peatland – roughly the size of 77,000 football pitches – and around 40% of South West Water’s daily water supply comes from its uplands. Thanks to vital ongoing restoration work peat-forming bog plants like sphagnum moss can recolonise helping the peat to lock in and store carbon. The re-wetted peat soils will retain water and carbon, essential for all life, and these peatlands will begin to form again, improving habitats. By the end of the current phase, over 300ha of peatland will be restored in Dartmoor. Bringing the total completed to 372ha of restored peatland. Thanks to work like this, RSPB data shows Dunlin numbers have increased by 38% since restoration work started and the levels of water the bogs are holding has increased by 9cm since 2014.
The New Forest has some of the most internationally-important wetlands in Europe which support a large number of rare species such as the southern damselfly and curlew. As part of the Verderers of the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship scheme, more than 20 miles of streams and mires that had been drained or altered in the past have been returned to their natural courses. The restorations, led by Forestry England, are improving habitats for wildlife, helping manage flood risk in built up areas, improving carbon storage and increasing resilience to drought. Launched in 2010 as an agreement with Natural England, the scheme is managed by the Verderers of the New Forest in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry England. The project won the prestigious 2019 UK River Prize.
In the UK peatlands store over 3 billion tonnes of carbon, with more than half of that in Scotland. Over a quarter of the Cairngorms National Park is made up of peatlands which are vital for carbon capture and storage. Thanks to multiple projects currently 1,685 hectares of damaged peatlands have been put under restoration management using reprofiling, turfing, erosion gullies and drainage to stabilise and restore these vital peatlands. The estimated yearly reduction in carbon is 18,683 tons. Cairngorms National Park aims to restore and manage at least 4,000 hectares of peatland in the next three years.
The ‘Keep Ure Rivers Cool’ project is in the Yorkshire Dales. The first phase of this project will see ten new woodlands created along river banks. These will create dapple shade and improve river temperatures for native fish and aquatic life including brown trout, white clawed crayfish, otters and kingfishers. The project has identified sites with the potential to deliver 6.2km of riparian creation.