A once-in-a-lifetime project

Described as a once-in-a-lifetime project and a real opportunity to engage people with nature as never before, Pete took on the role of negotiating the £25 million Access to Nature contract with the Big Lottery Fund in 2006.

Working under the watchful eye of the Access to Nature consortium of no less than 12 environmental organisations, Pete led his team through the 12 month due diligence process with BIG to the launch of the grant fund in 2007. An essential element of the grant fund has been the ability to fund organisations that can make those all-important links with people and communities and to stimulate and encourage enjoyment and understanding of nature.

Access to Nature has been called inspirational in how it is actively engaging people to ‘plug into nature’ and a real practical example of putting people at the heart of biodiversity as outlined in Defra’s Biodiversity 2020 strategy.

October 2012.

A series of six Finding Papers have been produced by the Access to Nature team on what is being learnt by the programme:

http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/2473016