Plymouth’s Natural Grid

Plymouth’s bid to the Green Recovery Challenge Funding Programme Round 2

A partnership between Plymouth City Council, The National Trust and Real Ideas Organisation, the Natural Grid has secured £1.2m from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.  From September 2021 to March 2023, it will deliver a cross-city nature restoration and enhancement project, connecting wildlife sites from inner city to wider landscape – aligning with the Lawton principles ‘bigger, better and more joined up’, supporting access to natural spaces and climate proofing and employment in the sector.  

Aims of Plymouth’s Natural Grid

The project will springboard the city’s recovery through a programme of work across a grid of nature-protected and connected sites by:

  • improving 390ha of land for people and wildlife, including rewilding and nature conservation/restoration, access and interpretation
  • providing 22 new jobs including apprenticeships and Kickstart placements, focusing on young people not in employment, education or training
  • supporting short-term accredited learning opportunities for 95 young people
  • providing 4 on-site nature engagement weeks in our more deprived urban areas, connecting 1000 people with nature on their doorstep, and raising awareness of learning and employment opportunities.

The Natural Grid (NG) proposal has been informed by evidence gathered in the Plymouth Open Space Assessment 2017 and is part of the city’s wider strategy to ensure high quality wildlife-rich space for all our residents that deliver vital natural services – embedded in our Climate Emergency Response, Joint Local Plan and Covid Recovery Plan. Our ambition can be seen here.

We will be recruiting soon! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more details.


Map of proposed intervention sites: