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Highways England invests £10m in Cornish landscape protection

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Highways England is injecting £10m from its Environment Designated Fund into wildlife, landscape and heritage projects for communities along the A30 in Cornwall. The funding will help restore internationally rare heathland habitat and Bronze Age barrows.

The funding is set to help Cornwall Council and its partners deliver a range of schemes including:

  • Creating improved habitat and safe corridors for wildlife in landscapes either side of the strategic road network
  • Enhancing and restoring internationally rare heathland habitat at Newlyn Downs
  • Working with nature to reduce flooding and water quality issues downstream of local watercourses
  • Rescuing the Grade II listed Wheal Busy Smithy building near Chacewater
  • Understanding and enhancing the area’s Bronze Age barrows
  • Restoring the Grade II registered Chyverton Park.

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection added: "It [the funding] will support our climate emergency plans . . . while supporting communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change by improving waterways and flood resilience."

Partners involved in the projects are Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England, Cornwall Catchment Partnership, and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

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