North Yorkshire and York Local Nature Partnership

Local Nature Partnerships (LNP) are a Government initiative to change how we work on the natural environment and are one of the key proposals made in the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper.

North Yorkshire and York was one of 48 partnerships in England to be approved LNP status by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in July 2012. Our vision is to see the natural environment of North Yorkshire and York conserved, enhanced and connected across the whole LNP area for the benefit of wildlife, people and the economy.


We will do this by:


  • Creating a single voice for nature across the LNP area
  • Encouraging groups to work together at landscape scale
  • Ensuring more co-ordinated and resource efficient delivery
  • Sharing best practice between projects
  • Striving towards better cross-sector integration
  • Providing stronger proposals to potential funders
  • Providing stronger engagement on strategic planning matters


This work will be done under 4 key inter-connected themes: Nature; Economy; People and Communities; Climate Change. The LNP has already identified 7 landscapes, known as priority areas, to pilot the above activity. Workshops have been held for each of these areas and Champions identified to help facilitate greater coordinated activity. Also the LNP has made strong links with the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Health and Wellbeing Board, recognising shared priorities and the value the natural environment can bring to economic growth and healthier communities.

Following a public consultation of the LNP's draft strategy at the start of 2014, the comments received were used to inform the final strategy document. The board formalised in June 2014 and adopted the LNP strategy.

The final North Yorkshire & York Local Nature Partnership strategy is now available.



Other useful documents can be found below:

Members of the North Yorkshire and York Local Nature Partnership board

Research report by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust into the potential for a North Yorkshire Natural Health Service

Organisations interested in the work of the LNP - as of March 2014.

Grant schemes available within the LNP area - as of September 2014.



For more information on the Local Nature Partnership, please telephone 01609 532127 or email