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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
An artist impression showing how the viaduct could look

Work gets underway on urban sky park 

Plans to create a new urban sky park for Manchester are a step closer to reality with work about to get underway on Castlefield viaduct. Due to open in July, we're aiming to turn the imposing 330 metre steel viaduct into a temporary park in the sky and create a meeting place to benefit people and nature that celebrates the industrial heritage of Castlefield. The pilot phase of this project will see a green space created to stretch half way across the elevation of the viaduct.

Woodland at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire

Our largest tree planting project at Wimpole 

We're making headway on our target to be carbon net zero by 2030 with our largest tree planting project to date. At the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire we'll be planting 90,000 trees across the 1,000-hectare site. New woodland, wood pasture and agroforestry will be created as part of the project, which has received funding from the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund and HSBC UK.

 Project will restore woodlands, wetlands and farmland

Working to tackle biodiversity loss 

We're working with the University of Exeter to investigate and tackle biodiversity loss. The project, which has received funding of £10m from the Natural Environment Research Council, will work with landowners, businesses, and communities to restore woodlands, wetlands and farmland across the UK.

Bathampton Meadows looking towards Bath from Batheaston

Green corridor links city of Bath to countryside 

A new 'green corridor' became possible when Bathampton Meadows came into our care. The route, likely to start at Bath Abbey, will connect the historic city to the surrounding green spaces. It will be the first of 20 accessible green corridors we'll be creating across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030.

Weaned seal at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk

2021 weather and wildlife review highlights 

Extreme weather events and natural disasters punctuate a year that saw a range of climate impacts on nature. We explore how unseasonable conditions, wildfires, storms and warm temperatures have made 'winners' and 'losers' out of the UK's wildlife.

Ash dieback felling at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Thousands of trees to be felled due to disease 

Large areas of woodland will be lost this winter because of pathogen tree diseases. At least 30,000 ash trees are expected to be felled because of ash dieback. Tens of thousands of larch trees will also be felled across the Lake District after an outbreak of the disease Phytophthora ramorum. Find out more about our work to tackle tree diseases.

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