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Where has the funding come from?
Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (IP), the division responsible for delivering railway upgrades, is committed to a “measurable net positive contribution towards biodiversity in the UK”. No Net Loss to Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme (TGWP) is a pilot project, putting principle into practice by compensating for unavoidable habitat loss (mainly young semi-natural woodland and some scrub) during the electrification programme.
Although scrub, grassland and other low-lying habitats will grow back where trees have been removed, there has been some unavoidable loss to biodiversity. Funding is available for the creation and improvement of similar habitats to those that have been lost, including funds for up to three years aftercare, in the vicinity of the railway line, a process known as “biodiversity offsetting”. This is a voluntary commitment by Network Rail, not bound to any planning obligations or client requirements.
What biodiversity projects are eligible?
Where can projects be supported?
The projects should be as local as possible to the railway line within the following local authority areas:• Oxford City• South Oxfordshire• Vale of White Horse• West Berkshire• Reading Borough• Wokingham Borough• Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
What is the timeframe?
Who can apply?
How will the process work?
This new funding is great news for the two counties. Network Rail is making funds available for biodiversity following unavoidable habitat loss resulting from the electrification of the Great Western Railway line (for further information see FAQ's "Where has the funding come from" opposite).
The aim is to support biodiversity projects that provide long lasting improvements to wildlife habitats. We are looking for strategic projects which improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and also to improve the quality of existing habitats, in line with the Oxfordshire’s State of Nature Report and Berkshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020. We are looking to create new woodland, provide better links between woodlands, and to enhance existing woodland and scrub mosaic, though other habitats could be considered (ancient woodland is not eligible).
Parish councils, local charities and not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and landowners are all eligible to apply. The programme is to be delivered over a four-year period. Projects are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000. Stage 1 applications for outline project proposals can be received at any time.
Please contact us for more information and to discuss your project ideas – call on 01865 407003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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