Members of Parliament pledged to ‘value our natural heritage’ this week after meeting local nature conservation organisation Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) at the House of Commons. Attending the event were local MPs, James Gray for North Wiltshire, Duncan Hames for Chippenham, Claire Parry for Devizes and Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland for Swindon.
The event was held to highlight the value of funding nature and its recovery. It showcased a number of Wildlife Trust projects funded by HLF around the UK.
Gary Mantle, MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust said: “We warmly welcome the support that HLF has given to The Wildlife Trusts over 16 years and the support shown by parliamentarians. With an uncertain economic future, we look forward to funding streams that protect and restore nature continuing.
“We are at a pivotal moment for nature which is vital to our lives and well-being. The Government has committed to producing a Natural Environment White Paper in May. We hope this will provide the right policy framework so that nature can thrive and recover. We urge parliamentarians to ensure the Government delivers an ambitious and visionary Natural Environment White Paper in May.”
Carole Souter CBE, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Over the past 16 years the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded around £100million towards Wildlife Trust projects. This forms part of our wider commitment of £390million to more than 3,000 projects which support nature conservation across the UK. Our funding has made it possible to help people learn about, conserve and protect our incredible natural heritage.
“We are now consulting on the future of Lottery funding for heritage, asking people to tell us what they think our priorities should be, what we should continue to do, and what we should do differently. Over the next few years the amount of money we will have available for heritage will increase to around £300million and we want to know how people think we should use it.”
Visit www.hlf.org.uk/consultation2011 by 26 April to register your views.