MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, met with local nature conservation organisation the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) at the House of Commons. The event showcased a number of Wildlife Trust projects funded by HLF around the UK, including Upper Dunsforth Carr Nature Reserve.
Mr Jones said: “It was great to hear of the benefits HLF funded Wildlife Trust projects have brought to local wildlife and the community. It is important that we protect our green open spaces and conserve the natural environment for future generations. Upper Dunsforth Carr Nature Reserve for example is an excellent project and one which many people from our area enjoy. I commend Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their conservation efforts to protect our natural heritage.”
Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We warmly welcome the support that HLF has given to The Wildlife Trusts over 16 years. And we welcome the support shown by parliamentarians.
“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.