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.

Please see below for an exciting opportunity to join our Board.

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.


We are seeking a new Independent Partnership Chair

We are seeking a dynamic individual to become the next Independent Chair of the Partnership. Our current Chair is coming to the end of his 3 year term, and we are looking for a new Chair that can bring the relevant skills and expertise to the partnership. The role is an exciting one, you will work with partners across the region to embed the value of nature into decision making for the benefit of people, nature and the economy. This role would be ideally suited to a senior leader in their field (business, health, development) with a passion for the natural environment, who has time to commit to driving forwards the partnership. This is a non-political role for 3 years and is offered with an honorarium of £3000 per annum.

Click here to download the full role description

For an informal discussion about the role or the partnership, please contact the WENP Manager Shelly Dewhurst shellydewhurst@wenp.org.uk on 0117 980 0392. Applications must be submitted before 14th April 2017.

WENP Board: Dominic Hogg (Chair), Matthew Heard, Bruce Laurence, Lisa Bartlett, Cllr Liz Richardson, Ian Barrett

Dominic Hogg Chair, Eunomia Research & Consulting Chair & Steering Group Liaison
Patricia Greer CEO, West of England LEP LEP representation & communication
Ian Barrett CEO, Avon Wildlife Trust eNGO representative
Lisa Bartlett Divisional Director – Development, Bath & North East Somerset 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 Liz Richardson Councillor, Bath & North East Somerset Councillor representation of 4 Unitary Authorities and PHCB Board


2015 – 16 Steering Group and Board meeting minutes are available below:

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