Following the Mayor’s announcement to embark on an ambitious tree planting programme for the borough, Doncaster Council have signed a common cause agreement with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
The agreement will see joint working between the partners in a pledge to improve Doncaster’s local natural environment, including the creation of a vibrant and attractive green gateway for routes into Doncaster.
Doncaster’s green gateway is a major initiative to create ribbons of woodland and green space between expanding communities, in particular along key transport routes such as the M18 motorway, A18 and A638.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said: “We’re really pleased to sign this common cause agreement with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and strengthen our bond and commitment to improving Doncaster’s natural environment. These green spaces will protect wildlife habitats and species and enhance the health and well-being of people living and working in Doncaster by helping people become closer to nature.
“This signifies another positive step for Doncaster in tackling the climate and biodiversity emergency and how we will achieve our goals by working together to invest in new and innovative ways of looking after our environment.”
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust CEO, Rachael Bice, said: “We are delighted to have signed this common cause agreement that will see us further protecting and restoring green spaces in and around Doncaster. This partnership will bring benefits to vital habitats and much of our threatened wildlife, as well as to the wider natural environment, and the health and wellbeing of those living and working in the borough.
“We hope to showcase the true connection between people and nature and build upon our conservation success in the area. Potteric Carr is important nationally for bitterns, marsh harriers and bearded tits - all three species are just starting to recover from historic low numbers across the country – and their breeding success at our Doncaster nature reserve demonstrates how we can encourage the recovery of iconic wildlife through the creation and restoration of resilient ecosystems. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge, inspiring public awareness of the rich and local natural assets, and being a central part of Team Doncaster.”
Doncaster Council and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will continue to work with private sector partners in the areas which include Carr Lodge, Mother Drain and River Torne green corridor, Amazon Lake and the iPort to invest in a network of high quality and well-managed green spaces and links between Doncaster Town Centre and open countryside.
Find out more about Yorkshire Wildlife Trust by visiting www.ywt.org.uk
Find out more about the Doncaster Climate Commission by visiting https://www.teamdoncaster.org.uk/environment-and-climate
- Category: Environment