Wild Anglia’s ambition is to enhance the natural environment of Norfolk and Suffolk through effective partnership working with business and communities.
If you live or work in Norfolk or Suffolk then this will matter to you and your family because its about planning for the future – the future of our businesses, our quality of life and for our wildlife.
This is far more than just being nice about nature because the natural environment underpins our society and economy. It provides us with food to eat and water to drink, with medicines to heal us, with raw materials to build our communities and with habitats that help us relax whilst they quietly clean our air and soils. Our natural environment is not optional, an add-on, or a ‘nice-to-have’ but it will not support us forever if we fail to recognise its true value and invest in it.
To do this we take a strategic approach by working with a wide range of partners across fields such as health, tourism, finance, conservation and policy-making. Credibility and honesty are vital so we have formed ourselves as an independent, not-for-profit organisation with no political or corporate affiliations. We were awarded Local Nature Partnership status by the government in 2012, with a remit to find local solutions that enhance the natural environment, improve society and strengthen the economy.
Rather than dictate an agenda onto a reluctant audience, we have set about working with partners on common goals to embedding nature into growth strategies, business plans and projects – that really is quite a different approach.
Our Board spans many disciplines but with a common aim to think differently about nature and business. Our natural environment can and does contribute to our economy so it is right that it should receive investment from business and society just like any other asset or service.
To achieve this, there needs to be a change in how nature is perceived, by people, by business and by those who lead in the environment sector too. Our mission is to start to make this happen, to agree a common language and set of tools. We may even need to invent some new ones.
Wild Anglia will be a counter-culture for nature, encouraging, inspiring and pushing for the very best decisions for our two counties.
The simple truth is that nature is everyone’s business in Norfolk and Suffolk.