The successful project titled PLACE: Paths to Learning: Active Community Engagement was put forward by the Cumbria Development Education. The project will receive £248,600 of funding in order to create and retain green jobs and support new nature schemes in Carlisle.
Following the success of the first round, the Government doubled the size of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, allocating an additional £40 million investment for a second round of funding.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund, which has kick-started environmental renewal, and created and retained thousands of jobs in England. It has been delivered at pace, supporting nature-based projects to tackle climate change, restore nature, and connect people with the natural environment. Out of 273 applications, 90 high-quality projects, including this one, are being funded under this second round. This round of funding builds on the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change, helping the nation build back greener from the pandemic. The environmental and conservation charity sector play a vital role in protecting, restoring and improving the natural environment, for the benefit of communities and the economy. This Defra led fund is currently on track to support over 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the country.
John said, “Preserving and restoring our precious natural environment is absolutely essential if we want it to be there and enjoyed by our children and grandchildren. The £240k awarded to Paths to Learning: Active Community Engagement in Carlisle will help restore and safeguard our local natural landscape – creating and supporting green jobs in our community, and helping secure a green recovery. At the last election I promised to work with the Government to protect our natural environment, and this funding will help to deliver on that promise as we build back greener from the pandemic”.