Who we are
The West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) exists to deliver more for nature’s recovery in the West of England by working in partnership on the natural environment.
Established in 2012, WENP is the designated Local Nature Partnership (LNP) for the West of England (Bristol City, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset). LNPs are a key commitment from the 2011 Government White Paper, The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature, which recognised the need for a more joined-up approach to reverse the loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems – which we all rely on – and to secure nature’s return to health. LNPs are prescribed bodies in the Localism Act 2011 and should be consulted on strategic planning under the Duty to Cooperate.
WENP is a cross-sector partnership hosted by Avon Wildlife Trust and funded by North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Wessex Water and Bristol Water. WENP is governed by a Board and supported by key stakeholders across the West of England. Read more about WENP’s governance below.GOVERNANCE