Nature restoration can spark jobs boost in struggling ‘red wall’ areas, study finds
A proper focus on nature restoration would help spark a badly needed jobs boost in struggling red wall areas, a study finds today.
Coastal and peatland restoration, plus the creation of woodlands and new urban green spaces, offer the potential to create many thousands of new posts, Boris Johnson has been told.
And the research, carried out by consultants WPI Economics, found that potential is greatest in employment blackspots such as the red wall seats snatched by the Tories from Labour during the last general election.
At least 16,000 jobs could be created; 11,000 by developing urban green spaces and the rest in coastal restoration and woodland creation.
County Durham, West Cumbria, Wolverhampton and parts of Nottinghamshire are among areas that would be major winners, the study argues.
Sam Alvis, from the Green Alliance organisation, said: “The opportunity is there for the chancellor to create a legacy of new high-quality jobs across Britain.”
And Patrick Begg, from the National Trust, said: “During the pandemic, those fortunate enough to have access to green space have been taking comfort from nature and areas of beauty close to home.
“The government could generate green jobs for the communities that need them most. This would accelerate the journey we are on to a more prosperous future for people and planet.”