New board members mean a boost for nature and lockdown wellbeing

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Local Nature Partnership has appointed three new board members to boost its knowledge and expertise.  

The appointments come at a time when green spaces and a healthy local environment come high on the list of essentials during lockdown.  

The three new members are Martin Howlett, Ilya Maclean, and Council of the Isles of Scilly Chief Executive Paul Masters.  

Martin Howlett brings a wealth of experience from his farming background as well as his numerous representative roles including the National Farmers Union.   

Martin said: “As a farmer I’m fully committed to support and engage with Cornwall’s natural environment, its communities and its rural economy.  In nature like other areas we need a can-do approach.”  

Ilya Maclean from Exeter University’s Penryn Campus has a strong science and academic background in sustainability.  He focuses on both land-based and marine environments.  

Commenting on his new role, Ilya said: “Cornwall has a great opportunity to reverse declines in wildlife, and to show leadership in how to do this effectively. I am excited by the prospect of helping to shape this process in my role as a board member of the Local Nature Partnership.”  

Paul Masters will ensure that the Partnership keeps its focus on the Isles of Scilly as well as Cornwall. 

Paul said: “As a previous member of the board I’m really excited at the opportunity to re-join in my new role as CEO for the Council of the Isles of Scilly. Working alongside Cornwall we on the Islands want to play our part in enhancing and growing our natural environment as part of our collective efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. There has never been a more important time for the LNP to help galvanise our communities and seek government support.”  

Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, Lord Robin Teverson said: “Our Local Nature Partnership’s mission is to better our environment and grow our natural world. That also adds up to an improvement to people’s lives, not least during lockdown. To rise to that challenge, we have brought new blood onto the board.  

“Farming makes up some three quarters of Cornwall’s land surface. To have thriving wildlife and a living countryside, keeping our farmers on board is essential. Martin Howlett will be a big part of making that happen.  

“The environment is a complex mix of many factors and systems.  Good scientific advice is vital.  That’s why Ilya Maclean’s appointment is so important to us. With Cornwall and Scilly’s long coastlines his marine experience as well as land-based expertise will be a great plus.  

“As top officer on the Isles of Scilly, Paul Masters makes sure that the rich environmental heritage of Scilly is kept to the fore at our Partnership meetings.  

“This is an important and challenging time for nature and our Partnership. We have to turn the corner and achieve a natural environment that is thriving rather than retreating.”  

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership brings together environmental groups from across the two authorities to promote environmental growth, increase biodiversity, and promote nature. It is currently refreshing its Environmental Growth Strategy, and producing Cornwall’s Nature Recovery Plan in conjunction with Cornwall Council.   

These three board members will strengthen the already diverse board membership that includes the RSPB, Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and Cornwall and Scilly’s two Wildlife Trusts.

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