Supporters of Nature Recovery Sheffield share ideas for a nature recovery plan

Nature Recovery Sheffield held its first event on 30th September following a declaration of a nature emergency in Sheffield in May by over 1300 people and 30 groups across the city. More than 70 people joined the online discussion about how individuals, groups and organisations from Sheffield can work together to restore, enhance and protect local nature and wild spaces.

Nature Recovery Sheffield is an alliance of organisations which came together to declare a Nature Emergency for Sheffield and put an action plan in place.

The group has now presented their draft recovery plan to those who have signed up to support the initiative.

Following an introduction by Liz Ballard of Nature Recovery Sheffield and CEO of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, participants were split into groups to discuss the plan, and contribute their suggestions and ideas.

“It was really heartening to see so many people from across Sheffield wanting to contribute to the plan and to make a difference,” said Claire Baker of Nature Recovery Sheffield and Owlthorpe Action Group. “From community gardeners, to members of ‘Friends of’ groups, it was also good to hear about the great things so many people are already doing to help nature and wildlife thrive.”

The next step for Nature Recovery Sheffield is to create working groups that focus on different areas of the plan and to get more people across Sheffield involved.

“The important thing now is to refine the plan and put it into action – but we need as much help as possible to do that,” said Lindy Stone of Nature Recovery Sheffield and Sheffield Friends of the Earth.

“The working groups will lead key areas of the recovery plan, and we’re asking more and more people to get involved in any way they can – big or small – all contributions will help restore nature and wildlife in Sheffield.”

To find out more and sign up to Nature Recovery Sheffield, visit wildsheffield.com/naturesheffield or email naturesheffield@wildsheffield.com.