Matlock set to benefit from £2.2m green jobs training scheme aimed at young and unemployed

Young people and community green spaces in Matlock are set to benefit from a new £2.2million funding stream to create job opportunities addressing nature recovery and climate change.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:50 pm

The charity Groundwork will distribute grants to organisations across the North and Midlands for a project called Natural Neighbourhoods.

Its aim is to create jobs for young people, help unemployed people develop new skills, and inspire voluntary action to protect and enhance parks and green spaces in communities where Covid has worsened health inequalities.

Matlock is one of three Derbyshire locations included in the project, along with a new community woodland in Amber Valley and Holmewood, near Chesterfield.

Cherished parks and green spaces across Matlock will be the focus of the Natural Neighbourhoods job training programme.

Mayor of Matlock Councillor David Hughes, said: “The rise in youth unemployment during the pandemic is a major concern.

“W e are excited to be a partner in this scheme, which will provide people with valuable transferrable skills and support the council in achieving its goals.”

Natural Neighbourhoods will develop a programme of environmental traineeships to support the improvement and protection of parks and the green spaces.

The grants are drawn from the Government’s £80million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Heritage Fund chief executive Ros Kerslake said: “Supporting our natural environment is one of the most valuable things we can do right now.

“All these projects are of huge benefit to our beautiful countryside and wildlife, but will also support jobs, health and wellbeing, which are vitally important as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.”

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has also received more than £250,000 from a separate stream of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund for its Wilder Derbyshire initiative to create and retain thousands of green jobs.

Work will focus on the conservation and restoration of protected and damaged landscapes such as moorlands, wetlands and forests, and will see 800,000 new trees planted.

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