Funding opportunity: ESIF

A major strategic funding opportunity has just been announced via our colleagues at the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Nottingham and Derbyshire. A call for bids for ESIF funding (European Structural and Investment Funds) is now open for two themes:

  1. Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Risk Prevention and Management. (Find out more)
  2. Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. (Find out more)

A total of £5.8 million pounds is available, and a minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for in either theme. Match-funding must also be found by the applicant.
The closing date for submitting outline applications is 27th May 2016.

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ESIF funding is intended to support businesses, communities and individuals across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Call #1 is looking to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically promote investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.  In general, projects put forward under this call must cover all of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area, however revenue projects should predominantly support businesses based within the Lower Derwent of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area.  Up to £3,000,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.
Outline application deadline: 27 May 2016. Funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years.

Call #2 is looking to preserve and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency and specifically:

  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.
  • Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

Project’s put forward under this call must cover all of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area. Up to £2,800,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.
Outline application deadline: 27 May 2016  funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years.

Full details are available via the links given above.

Consultation responses to Mansfield and Nottingham

It’s a busy time for Local Plans in the LDN area currently and the LNP has recently submitted two consultation responses – to Mansfield District Council on their Local Plan Consultation Draft and to Nottingham City Council on their Local Plan part 2 (also known as the Land and Planning Policies Document).

The responses can be viewed via our Planning Consultation Responses page where there are also links to the Local Planning Authorities’ web sites.

Forestry Commission woodland funding event

To help farmers, woodland managers and agents find out more about the woodland funding opportunities that are available through Countryside Stewardship, the Forestry Commission (FC) is running an event in Oakham on Friday 18th March.

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There are a number of funding opportunities available via Countryside Stewardship to help farmers and woodland managers protect, improve and expand their woodlands. This event will provide a comprehensive overview of the Woodland Improvement offer available via the Higher Tier of Countryside Stewardship and practical advice on how to create a competitive application. They will also provide a brief update on the other funding opportunities for woodland: woodland creation (open now until 31 March 2016), the management planning grant and tree health support (open year-round).

To attend, please email The event will be held at Community Centre, Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7DS on Friday 18 March, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

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Grants available for hedgerow and boundary restoration

The Hedgerow and Boundary grant, which is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, is open for applications until 30th April 2016.

The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of hedgerow work such as laying, coppicing, gapping-up and planting hedgerow trees. Improvements such as stone wall repair and improvement can also be funded.

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Land managers, owners, leaseholders and tenants can apply for Hedgerow and Boundary grants, as long as the land parcels in their application are under their full control for the length of the agreement period.

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Grants available for woodland creation

The Woodland Creation grant, which is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, is open for applications until 31 March 2016 (early submissions are encouraged).

The Woodland Creation grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.

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Land managers, owners, leaseholders and tenants can apply for woodland creation grants, as long as the land parcels in their application are under their full control for the length of the agreement period.

Applicants can also apply for grants for the on-going maintenance and improvement of newly created woodland.

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Fit for the future? Local Enterprise Partnerships’ Climate Ready and Low Carbon Economy good practice

The findings of a recent survey of the key strategies of all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) has placed our partners at the D2N2 LEP amongst the top five in the country in every category. The survey measured how the key strategies of each LEP addressed climate change and the low carbon economy. It also placed them third overall.

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The independent survey was carried out for Sustainability West Midlands and is aimed at all those working with LEPs at the local and national level to integrate climate adaptation, mitigation and the low carbon economy into the economic strategies and the billion pounds worth of investments becoming available over the next five years.

The study is the first national review of the commitment of all 39 LEPs to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy.

As well as placing the D2N2 LEP third overall, it praised them for their efforts to map opportunities within the low carbon sector such as power generation, low carbon buildings construction, carbon capture and storage, environmental services and low carbon vehicles and fuels.

Dr Simon Slater, Director of Policy and Partnerships at Sustainability West Midlands said: “…we were impressed by the number of good practice examples in strategic plans and reporting across England. However, the real test will be to see how these intentions are flowing into action with local partners.”

The report also recommended that LEPs identify a sustainability board champion or sustainability working groups to help drive forward results on climate change and the low carbon economy.

Tim Farr, chair of the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (LDN LNP) welcomed the report, saying he was pleased our LNP had the opportunity to input into our partner’s key strategies. “We have a close working relationship with the D2N2 LEP”, he said “and we are pleased this assessment reflects both their and our efforts to ensure the value and importance of the environment is always at the heart of economic decision-making in our region”.

Article on Sustainability West Midlands website

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Can you ‘Make Local Woods Work’?

The Plunkett Foundation is seeking pilot projects to make expressions of interest in their “Making Local Woods Work” scheme. This is an exciting pilot scheme, working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises across the UK.

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The project will work with 50 woodland social enterprises across the UK over the next three years. It will provide them with a range of support tailored to their individual needs; all 50 will receive four days of specialist support. In addition, a series of training and networking events will be organised to help anyone interested in woodland social enterprise (not just the 50 pilots) to achieve their ambitions.

The project is seeking applications from groups who are looking to undertake new activity that will help to bring a range of benefits for local people, bring woodlands into active management and generate trading income. They would particularly welcome applications from within the East Midlands.

For more information on the project and to fill out the online expression of interest form, please go to

Stakeholders to attend strategy development sessions

The LNP’s Strategy is being informed by a series of consultation sessions being run by the LNP Strategy Working Group with stakeholders and experts from across the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.

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Each session will aim to identify the threats and opportunities that affect one of our area’s natural capital assets and look at how the LNP can take strategic action to maximise these opportunities and minimise the threats. Funding for facilitation of the events is being provided by Natural England after the LNP made a successful bid to their Partnership and Innovation Fund.

The series kicks off on the 26th January with ‘Woodlands’. The session will be led by John Everitt, CEO of the National Forest Company supported by Tristan Galletly, Woodland Officer at the Forestry Commission and with attendees from the Woodland Trust, Natural England, Environment Agency, the NFU, private landowners, the RSPB, the local Wildlife Trusts and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

Further sessions, which will take place in February, will cover the following natural capital assets:
• Species
• Ecological Communities
• Land
• Freshwater
• Minerals
• Air Quality.

Jo Smith, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Chair of the LNP’s Strategy Working Group said “We are looking forward to building an evidence base for the LNP’s strategy based on an understanding of our area’s natural capital – what we have, how it is threatened and what opportunities there are to enhance it. I appreciate the commitment of everyone who will be participating in the sessions and whose knowledge will help us to pinpoint the issues that affect the natural capital of our area.”

Attendance at the sessions is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Elizabeth Woodward at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

The Duty to Co-operate…in action

The LNP recently responded to the Scoping Report that Bolsover District Council prepared for their Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

As a result of our input, the SA Scoping Report’s ‘Key sustainability issues’ and SA Framework will be strengthened to include:

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  • Improving the quality of the district’s ecological habitats (as well as delivering new habitat).
  • Conserving and enhancing the District’s species of local significance.
  • The need to promote resource efficiency through sustainable design and construction techniques including the use of sustainable local materials.
  • The need to prevent the spread of invasive species.

This has been one of our first opportunities to influence Local Planning in the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area and we welcome Bolsover District Council’s incorporation of our feedback into the SA Scoping Report. We look forward to ongoing engagement with them as the Local Plan develops.

Copies of all our consultation responses can be found here: