It covers four nationally protected landscapes with a common set of species, habitats and land uses.
The Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership (LNP), including Northumberland National Park Authority, and the North Pennines AONB, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is being set up after funding was secured by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Local Nature Partnerships were introduced by the Natural Environment White Paper published in July last year and aim to develop a shared local vision for a healthy natural environment and to co-ordinate action across organisations, making best use of resources, sharing best practice and undertaking linked projects across a wide area for maximum benefit.
Kelly Harmar, Nidderdale AONB development officer, said: “The Northern Upland Chain LNP will provide the opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and organisations to come together to develop a shared vision for the natural environment within the LNP and to agree priorities that improve social and economic benefits of a healthy natural environment.”
Consultation workshops are being held next month to decide the structure of the new LNP, at Hexham on March 9 and at Bolton Abbey on March 7.