What is a Local Nature Partnership?

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are a key commitment from the Government’s 2011 White Paper – ‘The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature’ which highlighted the need for local areas to work in a more joined up and strategic way to help manage the natural environment and embed its value into local decision making for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.

The purpose of an LNP is to:

  • Drive positive change in the local natural environment, taking a strategic view of the challenges and opportunities involved and identifying ways to manage it as a system for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
  • Contribute to achieving the Government’s national environmental objectives locally, including the identification of local ecological networks, alongside addressing local priorities.
  • Become local champions influencing decision-making relating to the natural environment and its value to social and economic outcomes, in particular, through working closely with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards (Defra 2012).

Our Vision

To create and coordinate a plan for the restoration of the natural environment within the West of England region and integrate that plan into strategies for spatial planning, economic development and public health


The West of England Nature Partnership

The West of England Nature Partnership gained formal recognition in July 2012 and covers the four Unitary Authority areas – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

WoE WENP map

The West of England


The West of England Nature Partnership has an inclusive and independent structure comprising of a Board and Steering Group, and is supported by a number of key stakeholders within the West of England. Click here for WENP’s governance structure.



Prof Selena Gray WENP Chair, Professor of Public Health, UWE Chair of the Board
Patricia Greer CEO, West of England LEP LEP representation & communication
Ian Barrett CEO, Avon Wildlife Trust eNGO representative
Zoe Willcox Service Director Place – Planning, Bristol City Council Representation & communication for 4 Unitary Authorities
Dominic Mellon Public Health Consultant, West of England Health Partnership Representative & communication for Health & Wellbeing
Matthew Heard Area Manager, Natural England Government environmental policy representation
Cllr Nicola Beech Councillor, Bristol City Council Councillor representation of 4 Unitary Authorities
Laura Ambler West of England Combined Authority West of England Combined Authority


2016 – 17 Steering Group and Board meeting minutes are available below:


For further information about our partner organisations, please visit our partners page