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Westmorland and Furness Council to host a series of nature conversation events

Westmorland and Furness Council are set to host a series of nature conversation events across the area throughout March to help shape and inform its Nature and Biodiversity Action Plan.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate and Biodiversity, Councillor Giles Archibald, will be holding five nature conversations including Barrow, Kendal, Penrith, Ulverston as well as an online option.

These events are open to everyone and will be an opportunity for people to hear from the council about the importance of biodiversity and the council’s response to the biodiversity emergency. The council will be joined at the events by some of its key partners that are taking action to help address biodiversity loss.

It is also an opportunity for people to let the council know what they are doing as individuals or in the community to support nature recovery and biodiversity, share their views on future actions and any barriers or challenges to nature recovery, as well as ask any questions they may have.

The events will be geographically spread across the area in the following locations:

· Ulverston – as part of an ‘Eco Fair’ at The Coronation Hall, the council will be holding a stall on Thursday 7 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

· Penrith Town Hall – Monday 11 March, 5.30 – 7.00pm

· Barrow, The Forum – Thursday 14 March, 5.30 – 7.00pm

· Online event – Thursday 21 March, 5.30 – 6.30pm

The council will also be holding a stall as part of the ‘Natural Kendal’ event at Kendal Museum on Saturday 18 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

No bookings are required for the events in Ulverston and Kendal.

However, if you would like to attend the events in Penrith, Barrow or online, you can book through the links:  PenrithBarrowOnline

In the past year, the council has taken significant steps towards a more sustainable future with the agreement on Part One and Two of its new ambitious Climate Action Plan, as well as its Carbon Management Strategy 2024-2029. The plans outline the direction and intention of the council to address climate change and create a greener, healthier, more resilient Westmorland and Furness.

Councillor Giles Archibald, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Climate and Biodiversity, said:

“I am looking forward to this series of events over the next month which will be a great opportunity to foster some really vital and open discussions about nature and biodiversity.

“I am looking forward to sharing what we are doing as a council to respond to the emergency but also to hearing what action those in our communities are already taking and how this may feed into our upcoming Action Plan.

“The climate conversation events last year were valuable in helping to shape our Climate Action Plan Part Two so if you are interested in hearing about our future plans, sharing your thoughts and views and having the opportunity to meet others in your area concerned for nature and biodiversity, then I strongly encourage you come along. We hope to see you there!”

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