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"Wildbelt" push to bring back our green and pleasant land

Eco-backing Tories have launched a bid to establish "wildbelts" on the edge of towns and cities.

MP David Simmonds wants to amend the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to make sure we have access to nature and help meet environmental targets.

The plan by the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP is supported by nine Conservative colleagues.

Mr Simmonds said: "Our existing land designations have not stopped the decline in nature. That's why it's time for a new wildbelt status to boost biodiversity and restore our green and pleasant land.

"If we are going to reconnect people with the wonders of the natural world and halt the decline of nature, we need land near towns and cities dedicated to boosting biodiversity."

Unlike existing protections like the green belt - designed only to prevent urban sprawl - wildbelts will be dedicated to restoring natural habitats.

If MPs approve the amendment, town halls could establish wildbelt on top of their existing protected areas in their local plans.


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