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Hertfordshire Nature Recovery Partnership



About our local nature recovery strategy

The Hertfordshire Nature Recovery Partnership (HNRP) has been established to collaboratively develop Hertfordshire’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS).

This strategy will:

  • map areas of habitat across Hertfordshire
  • agree on local biodiversity priorities
  • identify where practical action would be most beneficial to create, enhance or recover habitat.

The creation of green corridors is an example of practical action. They not only boost biodiversity but also improve air and water quality, mitigate flooding and climate change, and improve the wellbeing of Hertfordshire residents by increasing access to green spaces.

Visit GOV.UK to find out what the LNRS must include.



How to get involved

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Alternatively, email us with your questions.





Latest updates

February 2024

We're excited to announce that the engagement, priorities and mapping task and finish groups for the Local Nature Recovery Strategy have now been formed. We'll be having our first meetings with these groups over the next few weeks. The groups will be working with a wide range of organisations over the coming months and we look forward to seeing how all their individual expertise will help in shaping the Hertfordshire LNRS. Members from the Hertfordshire Nature Recovery Partnership Steering Group and Board have also agreed on a timeline which will be invaluable in ensuring the creation of the LNRS runs smoothly. This will be made available shortly, watch this space!

Landowners and land managers' event

On Thursday 22 February Peter Mitchell on behalf the Rural Land Management Advisory Group, hosted an event for landowners and land managers from across Hertfordshire to discuss how we can shape the county’s landscapes alongside the LNRS, funding for landscape recovery, using innovation and data within the agricultural business and natural capital markets. The event also tied in how all of these can help in achieving carbon reduction and biodiversity enhancement. The event saw a large number of attendees who were well engaged throughout and expressed interest in a follow up event to take place in the next few months.

January 2024

Hertfordshire county council discussing nature recovery with landowners and managers.On 31 January, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) held its second land management forum to engage with those who own, manage, or farm land in Hertfordshire. The aims were to provide information and support on important topics like mandatory biodiversity net gain (BNG) and the local nature recovery strategy (LNRS).

Speakers from organisations such as HCC, the Nature Friendly Farming Network, Natural England, and Gascoyne Estates covered subjects like Nature Friendly Farming, grants for farmers, the LNRS, and BNG for landowners. The council plans to organise more forums to continue supporting engagement with landowners and managers.

Gascoyne Estates will host a meeting on 22 February for private landowners and land managers, offering an opportunity to collaborate on shaping Hertfordshire's landscapes. 


October 2023
The HNRP steering group had its first meeting on 11 October. The group discussed opportunities and challenges for the LNRS, identified potential stakeholders, and agreed to meet regularly to keep the project moving forward.

Currently, the steering group is working on an engagement plan and timeline, which will be finalised by January 2024. They are also gathering data for the LNRS mapping.

The HNRP Board will have its first meeting in November.



June 2023
Hertfordshire County Council has been appointed by Defra Secretary of State as the Responsible Authority for the Hertfordshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). A Hertfordshire Nature Recovery Partnership (HNRP) is being formed to create the county’s first LNRS by 2025.







Our partnership

Our partnership is formed of two integral groups; the steering group, responsible for actively driving the implementation of the LNRS, and the board which provides oversight and strategic guidance to the steering group.

Councillor Eric Buckmaster chairs the partnership, which is formed of partners across public, private and voluntary sectors, including:

  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Forestry Commission
  • The Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
  • Hertfordshire Environmental Records Centre
  • Rural Land Management Advisory Group
  • Hertfordshire Sustainability Officer Group
  • Hertfordshire Planning Group
  • Hertfordshire Infrastructure & Development Board
  • Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils
  • Lea and Colne River Catchment Partnerships
  • Public Health (Hertfordshire County Council)
  • Hertfordshire Climate Change Sustainability Partnership
  • Hertfordshire Growth Board
  • Hertfordshire Infrastructure & Planning Partnership




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