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CPRE secures funding for 12 hedgerow projects in the East Midlands

Lewis Townsend, Communications and Digital Officer
By Lewis Townsend, Communications and Digital Officer
8th April 2022

We’re delighted to confirm that we have secured funding for 12 hedgerow planting and restoration projects across LincolnshireNottinghamshireDerbyshire and Leicestershire.

The local Hedgerow Heroes project, which also supports CPRE’s national hedgerow campaign, has already enabled the restoration of over 20km of hedgerow up and down the country. We’re proud to be contributing toward increasing our hedgerow network by 40% by 2050, as recommended by the Climate Change Committee to help achieve carbon net zero.

The twelve East Midlands locations cover a variety of areas and landscapes, from parks to nature reserves and leisure facilities. Local CPRE groups in each area will be directly engaging with communities and volunteers to ensure their involvement with these practical conservation projects in their local green spaces. Depending on the area, we’ll also be linking up with local experts including TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and ecological consultants as well as local councils and green space champions.

Commenting on the project, Lorraine Ray, Volunteering and Community Engagement Officer at CPRE, said:

“This exciting Hedgerow Heroes project will enhance access to nature for communities across the East Midlands, and our aim is to raise awareness of hedgerows and the many benefits they bring to our landscapes and wildlife”

The project, which has been corporate funded, will see a total of 2km new hedge planted with ongoing management plans to ensure that they flourish for generations to come. More details to be announced soon.