Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s WILDER 2030, plans for nature’s recovery in the two counties.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched a new ten-year plan to create a wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight. The aim, as set out in WILDER 2030, is for the space for wildlife to be trebled and for local people and businesses to be supported and encouraged to take individual and collective action in support of nature.

Business support organisation Business South has welcomed the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to their Business Champions Programme and supports their new WILDER 2030 strategy.

As the leading nature conservation charity in the two counties, the Trust protects local wildlife and inspires people to love nature.

The Trust is urging all parliamentary candidates to put nature first and commit to tackling the climate and ecological emergency, should they be elected later this month.  They are asking candidates to pledge to: Prioritise natural climate solutions, Back an ambitious Environment Act, Help farmers to help nature, Revive our marine environment through a network of Highly Protected Marine Areas and a new Marine Strategy and Support the Trust’s new ten year plan WILDER 2030.

“Nature’s recovery needs to be at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis and that needs to start at the local level” says Debbie Tann CEO at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  “We are looking for pioneers and partners to help us to create a much wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight. We would like to work with individuals and businesses who share our passion for the beautiful natural environments we have here in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.  There are many ways in which businesses can get involved, from our Wildlife Investor Scheme to more bespoke relationships.”

“The natural environment in our region is intrinsic to our economic development” Leigh-Sara Timberlake, Executive Director at Business South.  “From our unique maritime environment which enables marine companies to thrive, to our stunning National Parks which support our tourism economy.  Protecting our local wildlife and nature should be a high priority for all businesses and individuals who reside here in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

Hampshire-based Business South connects business leaders to help improve economic prosperity and support social well-being. With a vision for the area to be recognised nationally and internationally as a location of choice, able to attract and retain talent, driving increased opportunities for investment and business. Business South showcases employers who invest in their communities and demonstrate a corporate conscience.

Business South Champions share an ethos of working together to deliver campaigns that benefit the Central South region as a whole. Business South provides a collective business voice to influence policies and addresses sector challenges through collaborative working.

For more information please visit www.hiwwt.org.uk If you would like to discuss working with the Trust, including becoming a corporate member, sponsoring a project or how your workforce can get involved in creating a Wilder Hampshire & Isle of Wight please contact Michelle Duma on 01489 774406 or email michelle.duma@hiwwt.org.uk

Becoming a Business South Champion connects you with future customers, suppliers, and talent, and enables your business to make its mark on the region’s prosperity. Please contact our Executive Director Leigh-Sara Timberlake for more information on how to become a Champion leigh@businesssouth.org