Policy paper

Nature Recovery Network

A national network of wildlife-rich places to increase and restore nature, and the role of the delivery partnership and management group.

Applies to England



The Nature Recovery Network (NRN) is a major commitment in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. By bringing together partners, legislation and funding, we can restore and enhance the natural environment.

This document explains:

  • how Defra and Natural England will work with partners to create a national NRN
  • what the NRN will achieve
  • the roles of the delivery partnership and management group
  • how to become a partner
Published 21 October 2020
Last updated 12 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the section 'How we will set up the NRN' with the latest information about the network.

  2. Updated the section 'Integrate funding and land management duties' with new funding available for nature. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund has doubled to £80 million.

  3. Added a list of the members of the management group.

  4. First published.