First national marine park to get £9½m lottery boost in fight against climate change

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The cash will mean 464 jobs and help the National Marine Aquarium project build a new welcome centre as it develops “blue” enterprises. Four other schemes will also receive a share of £50million in funding.

National Lottery Heritage Fund chief Ros Kerslake said: “The pandemic has shown us all clearly what matters to us, particularly in relation to nature and climate change.

“This is a major priority for us and three of the projects will be transformational for the green environment.

“All five share qualities of huge ambition, significant collaboration and the prospect of life-changing benefits for people and places deserving of support from the National Lottery.”

Cairngorms 2030 has been awarded nearly £12½million to tackle the climate and nature crises in the Scottish Highlands.

The plan is to boost nature through measures such as woodland expansion, peatland restoration, nature-friendly farming and sustainable transport.

Peatland progress will receive more than £8million to boost storage of carbon in the peat soils of East Anglia by encouraging wet farming.

Land will be bought by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to unite north and south areas of the Great Fen.

The Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens, in Norfolk, are to be handed nearly £10million to bring them back to life as a year-round free attraction, creating more than 90 jobs.

The International Slavery Museum is to get more than £9.9 million to transform and extend existing collections and galleries of the museum at Liverpool’s Maritime Museum.

Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said: “These hugely ambitious, exciting projects are protecting and preserving vital local heritage while also creating jobs.”
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