Government unveils £40m fund to boost green recovery

The government has unveiled a £40 million fund to help charities and environmental organisations start work on projects across England to "restore nature and tackle climate change."

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) Green Recovery Challenge Fund will, according to Defra, help conservation organisations and their suppliers to “create up to 3,000 jobs and safeguard up to 2,000 others” in areas such as finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change.


Environment secretary, George Eustice, said the scheme will “deliver a steady stream of shovel-ready environmental projects.”


The Fund will comprise £10 million from the Nature Recovery Fund and £30 million of Nature for Climate Funding. Defra said it envisaged that the fund “will create a broad range of short- and long-term jobs,” with examples including ecologists, surveyors and staff and education workers in environment organisations. It anticipated also that it would support suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering and horticulture.