Green Recovery at Wimpole

As part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Wimpole has received £1.3m from Defra to develop its cultural landscape and deliver a wide range of benefits for nature, carbon and people. The Green Recovery Fund will help to create and restore habitats, support solutions to tackle climate change and connect people with nature.

What is the Green Recovery Project?

The Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term, competitive fund to kickstart the process of nature recovery, start to address the climate crisis, and help create and retain thousands of green jobs. The £40 million fund has been distributed to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature.

The 'Historic Landscapes' programme has been awarded £3.85 million by Defra as part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The funding will kickstart a programme of work, worth over £4.7 million, to enhance nature and start to combat the effects of climate change in five of the most significant historic landscapes in the care of the National Trust, including Wimpole Estate.

Wimpole's work towards a green recovery

Through the ‘Historic Landscapes’ programme, Wimpole has received £1.3m in funding. Work as part of the green recovery project will focus on three areas, nature conservation and restoration, tackling climate change and connection people with nature. 

Woodland at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire

Conserving and restoring nature

We'll be creating new habitats and supporting nature restoration by creating areas of new woodland, wood pasture and scrub, including wetland areas and ponds. We'll also be developing an area of agroforestry, where tree planting and arable farming are combined. Agroforestry can help to support healthier soil quality and higher yields, but also provides a habitat for wildlife and contributes to more sustainable farming.

Identifying plant species on a survey

Tackling climate change

To support climate change mitigation, we'll be doing a full carbon audit of the site and implementing recommendations to reduce our carbon footprint. We'll also be undertaking ecological surveys across the estate, supported by our volunteers.

Children work with a volunteer to plant vegetables.

Connecting people with nature

We'll be connecting our visitors and local communities with nature, designing and installing new visitor experiences to engage visitors with sustainable farming, wildlife and biodiversity. We'll be welcoming school and local community groups as well as hosting activities and events on sustainable food, farming and gardening.

  • With £1.3 million in funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund
  • We'll be creating new habitats, including 45 hectares of new woodland
  • as well as 51 hectares of new wood pasture
  • and 46 hectares of agroforestry, helping to conserve and restore nature
The logos for the Green Recovery Fund

Thanks to our funders

The Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund, set up to support charities in England with projects to restore nature and tackle the climate crisis, is helping us do even more to protect nature. The fund is delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency. It will support the work and projects detailed below.