Local Nature Recovery Strategy drop-in sessions to be held across the islands

[UPDATE 24/10/2023: this page has been amended to reflect the extension of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy consultation deadline to 22 November 2023]

We’re running a series of drop-in sessions to discuss how the community can help us protect valuable wildlife and enable nature to recover on the Isles of Scilly.

Everyone is welcome to attend and ask questions of the Council’s Environment team and our colleagues from Cornwall Council who are leading on the development the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Chair of the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and representatives from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will also be on hand to answer questions and spread the word about the nature recovery work already being undertaken by their organisations across the islands.

These drop-in sessions are part of the wider public consultation on the development of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, which we launched in July 2023.

The details of each of the sessions can be found below:

St Mary’s
Date and time: Tuesday 10 October, 09:30-12:00 and 18:00-19:30
Venue: Wesleyan Chapel

St Martin’s
Date and time: Wednesday 11 October, 11:45-13:00
Venue: Island Hall

St Agnes
Date and time: Wednesday 11 October, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Reading Room

Date and time: Thursday 12 October, 14:00-15:30
Venue: Community Hall

Date and time: Friday 13 October, 10:00-12:30
Venue: New Inn Residents Lounge

Even if you are unable to attend any of the drop-in sessions, you can still submit your views via our online Local Nature Recovery Strategy survey. The survey is now open until midnight on 22 November 2023.

Councillor Harry Legg, Lead Member for Environment, Environmental Services and Climate Change said: “Everyone in Scilly has a role to play in shaping this important strategy to help support nature across the islands, so I hope you will take this opportunity to find out more about it and the important nature recovery work already being undertaken across the islands. It’s vital that the health of our natural environment is preserved and supported: it supports our local businesses and the wider economy of the islands, it helps us improve our health and wellbeing, and it will help defend against the challenges we face from a changing climate.”

Tony Richardson, Chair of the Isles of Scilly AONB Partnership said: “Since becoming Chair of the AONB Partnership, I have been struck by just how many people love the wildlife and wild places of Scilly, their own special place. I am really looking forward to attending these drop-in sessions and hearing views on how we can all play a part in natures recovery within the natural and culturally rich landscape that is the Isles of Scilly, the country’s smallest, yet most perfectly formed, AONB.”

Further information

Local Nature Recovery Strategies are a statutory requirement of the Environment Act. Local areas are required to report on the progress of their strategy every three to ten years. You can find out more about Local Nature Recovery Strategies and how they will be used on the gov.uk website.

The Isles of Scilly is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW), 2000. Further information about this designation can be found on the Isles of Scilly AONB website.


Publishing date: 
Friday, 29 September, 2023