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Five major nature recovery projects announced across England
The Norfolk project aims to provide permissive access routes by foot and bicycle, along with links to the Norfolk Trails Network - Image source, Glenn Anderson

The UK government said that five major "nature recovery" schemes across England will help tackle wildlife loss and climate change.

The schemes cover 99,200 hectares (245,000 acres) of land in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Somerset, the West Midlands and the Peak District.

The aim is to manage land sustainably and improve access to nature for people in cities and deprived areas.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said the projects were "critically needed".

She said: "They will significantly contribute to achieving our target to halt the decline in species abundance by 2030 and our commitment to protect 30% of our land by 2030, enabling us to leave the environment in a better state than we found it."

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According to the BBC, all of the five projects will share an initial £2.4m from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), to create new habitats, manage land for nature and carbon storage and increase footpaths.

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