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Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) are a new, England-wide system of spatial strategies. They will establish actions to drive nature’s recovery and provide wider environmental benefits. They were introduced into law by the Environment Act 2021. 

In June 2023, Mayor Oliver Coppard was made Responsible Authority for a South Yorkshire LNRS. This includes the areas of all four Local Authorities in the region: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield. A map of each LNRS area is available here.

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combine Authority (SYMCA) will lead the strategy development and follow guidance  as set out by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ( DEFRA).

What is a Local Nature Recovery Strategy?

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LNRS Advisory Panel

Chaired by Mayor Oliver Coppard, the Advisory Panel is made up of 12 local experts across the public, private and third sector, the advisory panel will meet once a month to: 

Provide recommendations on high level and complex issues as required for strategy development, such as strategy outcomes and conceptual approach.

Propose ultimate outputs of strategy, which at a minimum will include a report, but may include other products and materials, and identify follow-on workstreams and collaborations.

Encourage a range of perspectives from fellow Panel members to provide challenge, generate new ideas and offer alternative perspectives on key topics.

Work within parameters of the LNRS Statutory Guidance provided by Defra, whilst also proposing ambitions for the LNRS to go beyond requirements.

Chris Harrap - Co-Founder, Dearne Valley Farmers

Faye Durkin - Head of Nature, Greengage Environmental

James Lock - Co Founder, We Are Opus

Jim Smith - Nature Recovery Advisor, Forestry Commission

Kirsty Kirkham - Director, BSG Ecology

Liz Ballard - CEO, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Louise Hill - Ecology Consultant, MRB Ecology

Peter Henry - Director of Sustainability, Harworth Group

Rachael Bice - CEO, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Sean Davey - Lead Ecologist, Yorkshire Water

Ted Talbot - Director of Place, Green Estate

Tom Wild – Principal Investigator, Dept of Landscape Architecture at University of Sheffield


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