Nature Recovery Network

The proposal for a Nature Recovery Network (NRN) is presented in the government's 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP), within Chapter 2: Recovering nature and enhancing the beauty of landscapes. At the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP) we have taken on the challenge of developing the government's statement below into something deliverable, tangible and achievable: 

We will explore the ways in which new data, tools and strategies can support development that brings wider environmental improvement, including linking with fresh initiatives, such as the Nature Recovery Network into the planning system.

GLNP are working hard with partners to develop a methodology for the county that also has consistency across the country with the ability to effectively cross regional boundaries. This includes working closely with our LNP family throughout England as well as reaching out to national organisations, including Defra, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts to ensure the NRN can be monitored and measured at the larger scale nationally as well as being fine enough to deliver local results.

The South West LNP network has set out its principles for a Nature Recovery Network in a document that can be viewed by clicking the titled link: “Principles of Nature Recovery Networks across the South West”.


Our work here in Gloucestershire is being lead primarily by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), but will required the efforts of all our partners and beyond to ensure this NRN is a success and gleans the positive results we want to see for our environment.

Juliet Hynes has recently joined GWT specifically to lead the development, delivery and monitoring of the evidence-based Gloucestershire NRN. Juliet will create a spatial GIS-based master plan for nature restoration covering the entire county. This map will complement the natural capital mapping being undertaken by GLNP (read more here). An initial pilot for this work will focus on the Gloucester area.

We are in the process of establishing the working groups that will help to shape both these spatial mapping tools and we will be updating this page with further information as the network develops, but if you would like to find out more, please contact us on