There were 26 green projects in Cornwall – all aimed to combat declining biodiversity and restore its natural environment

The first year of the five-year G7 Legacy Nature Restoration Project ends in June 2022 and funding has been secured for further innovative new projects as well as furthering the vision of Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and other partners to continue improving Cornwall.

The G7 Legacy Project aims to improve water quality, sequester carbon, conserve and potentially reintroduce endangered species while reuniting habitats and ecosystems across Mid-Cornwall.

George Eustice, the Environment Secretary said:

A fitting legacy from our G7 Presidency is the completion of 26 initiatives in Cornwall to boost natural recreation.

At Goss Moor and Woodland Valley Farm, we’ve already increased access to green space and restored habitats for rare species.

With initiatives such as restoring forests and tackling invasive species, Cornwall will continue to set the benchmark for conservation in the year ahead.

Projects can range in size from a few square feet to thousands of acres, but they are all focused on improving a Cornish site. Highlights consist of:

Imerys, which has 10,000 acres of land in Cornwall and collects china clay from the earth, has reclaimed acid grassland, improved and restored rare moorland and introduced conservation grazing. In Year 2, habitat creation and nature restoration will continue.

Wheelchair users now have better access to wildlife at Woodland Valley Farm, where a recycled wooden walkway overlooks the Cornwall Beaver Project.

The first beavers to be released in Cornwall for more than 400 years occurred here five years ago.

Historically, Great Britain and Ireland had large populations of marsh fritillaries.

It’s currently under threat across Europe, not just the UK. Luxulyan Valley, Molinnis Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest have all undergone improvements that will help the endangered willow tit.

Wesley Smyth, Natural England Area Manager said:

The G7 conference was an ambitious event so it is only right that the legacy is equally ambitious and creates an enduring legacy for Cornwall.

The variety of projects means there is something for everyone, from investing in people like trainees to advisors, investing in increased access to nature through improved nature trails and car parks, to investing in habitat restoration and restoration to protect those at risk Bringing back species from the abyss.

The Legacy project is now entering its second year and will continue to develop medium and long term projects as well as create new projects such as:

  • Restoring 6.5 hectares as part of the Bokiddick Wet Forest Restoration Program by connecting a creek to the floodplain and repairing a 1 kilometer trail upstream of the Luxulyan Valley.
  • Improving access and management of invasive species at Par Sands with Cornwall Council.
  • Conducting baseline surveys to check the status of blue carbon sources such as seagrass, algae and other aquatic plants.

The G7 Legacy Project is also one of Natural England’s Natural Recovery Projects, which promotes the restoration of nature at the landscape level while supporting the fight against biodiversity loss, combating climate change and improving general well-being.

440,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be absorbed by converting 10,000 hectares of land as part of the G7 legacy project, which will also result in better water quality and reduced flood risk. The ultimate goal of the project is to reclaim more than 21,000 hectares of land for nature in Mid-Cornwall.

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