A Local Nature Recovery Strategy for West Yorkshire

Landscape photo - view over Ilkley

West Yorkshire has a powerful story to tell

The heavy industries of coalmining, textiles and manufacturing that once shaped our economy left a lasting impact on our landscape.

As we work towards becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038, we can use the legacy of our industrial past to propel our green revolution, attracting new investment and jobs to create clean, healthy and nature-rich places for all.

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, has pledged to tackle the climate and environment emergency. Restoring nature, biodiversity and wildlife habitats is at the heart of that ambition.

We will build a sustainable, nature-rich and climate-ready region that supports businesses and seizes the opportunities of a carbon-free economy, building resilience to the environmental challenges of the future.

Together, we will celebrate, protect and invest in nature, enhancing our rural and urban green spaces, parks, rivers, canals, valleys and moorland and shape the next chapter of our unique West Yorkshire story.

How you can help

The West Yorkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy will describe and map nature in our region, set out priorities and opportunities for nature and wider environmental benefits at a local level.

The strategy will be shaped by organisations, groups and individuals, working closely with an abundance of partners and other stakeholders. This will help us all to understand what we can do together to help nature to flourish in West Yorkshire.

We’ll share ways you can get involved on this page, as the strategy is developed.

Share what you are doing already

Inspire us! If you’ve got stories, photos or case studies about supporting nature, wildlife and biodiversity, we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

If you’d like to share something, or sign up for updates, please email naturerecovery@westyorks-ca.gov.uk(External link)

Photo of two people carrying out recent tree planting in West Yorkshire

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