Have your say and help us make space for nature

Published: Friday, 5 April 2024

*Shared in partnership with Leicestershire County Council

People are being asked for their priorities to help shape an ambitious new nature strategy for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The Local Nature Recovery Strategy will help to protect nature and allow it to recover by preserving and improving habitats and biodiversity. It will identify locations to create or improve habitat and provide the greatest benefit for nature and the wider environment.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council is working with Leicestershire County Council on the development of the strategy, working closely with the other local authorities, key stakeholders in land management, and the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Residents, alongside organisations including landowners, farmers, parish councils, environmental and nature groups are being asked to have their say to help draw up the priorities to be included in the strategy.

Two separate Making Space for Nature surveys for the public and organisations have been launched to capture a wide range of views, ideas and suggestions on how nature can be improved and helped to recover across the area.

All of the views and ideas will contribute to the final strategy which we will work up with our partners and consult people on before it is published in the summer of 2025.

The surveys can be found here, and more information about the Local Nature Recovery Strategy can be found here.

The partners helping to oversee the development of the strategy are Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, all seven district councils, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Natural England, and The National Forest Company.