Somerset LNP

We are a strong, strategic champion for Somerset's important and valuable nature. The Somerset LNP embeds the value and importance of the natural environment into all decision-making processes, planning and policy decisions and provides leadership, coordinating delivery to:

  • Protect and improve the county’s unique natural environment 

  • Embed the intrinsic value of Somerset’s natural environment into cultural, political and economic agendas

  • Show leadership in bringing sectors and people together to realise economic, social, health and environmental benefits from an improved, coherent and resilient ecological network

  • Communicate and improve the economic, social and health benefits that the natural environment brings for everyone who lives, works or visits Somerset

  • Create natural solutions to the climate emergency identifying carbon sequestration opportunities

Somerset Local Nature Partnership is a broad multi-sector coalition representing different economic, social, political and environmental interests from across the county.

The LNP Board: provides strategic leadership to improve and protect Somerset's nature, reflecting the views of the wider Forum. The Board is made up of cross-sector high level strategic leaders and advocates. The Board has equal status to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Board.

Peatland Partnership: brings together those that make a living from peat, farm on peat, conserves and restores peat or manages peat lands in Somerset and North Somerset whether on Exmoor or the Levels and Moors with the aims of

  • retaining the peat that remains

  • preserving the remaining peat safely

  • restoring the peat wherever possible

The LNP Forum: the wider partnership of environmental organisations, community groups, businesses, educational institutions and others committed to the aims of the LNP to protect and improve the natural environment of Somerset for the benefit of people, businesses and wildlife.

Task and Finish Groups: Established by the Board to drive forwards priority initiatives. There are groups on the Green Economy, Nature and Wellbeing, Food and Farming and the Nature Recovery Network. 


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