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90 projects from across the UK are set to receive money through the government’s £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
Jane Imrie

2,500 jobs to be created through new £40m green recovery funding

Thousands of new jobs are set to be created across the country thanks to multi-million pound government investment.

90 projects from across the UK are set to receive money through the government’s £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The projects, which will receive a share of £40m, will span over 600 sites from Northumberland to Cornwall, and will range from new ‘insect pathways’ in our countryside and towns, to tree planting projects in deprived urban areas

Natural England chair Tony Juniper commented: “Our environmental and conservation charity sector does an incredible job in protecting, improving and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of communities and the economy.

“Having begun my environmental career back in 1984 working on a government-funded project comparable to those being announced today, I know from experience how this fund will be able to help a new generation of passionate young environmentalists take the first few steps in their careers. I can think of fewer more important investments in our future than that.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley added: “This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament.

“We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.”

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