Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership

The Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership (LNP) encompasses the Protected Landscapes of Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB and the Forest of Bowland AONB.

It also includes the extensive National Nature Reserves of Kielderhead and Whitelee Moor as well as Kielder Forest and Water, and the ‘Tyne gap’ between the North Pennines AONB and Northumberland National Park.

This great swathe of the Pennine uplands has:

  • A common suite of upland species and habitats
  • A common portfolio of ecosystem goods and services and a wealth of natural capital
  • Broad similarities in landscape character
  • A similar set of upland agricultural and land management issues
  • Local communities with much in common in terms of their economic situations and their access to facilities and services.

The LNP is overseen by a Board drawn from the Protected Landscape Management bodies, the conservation agencies in the Defra family, conservation NGOs and representatives of farming and moorland management interests. These organisations are working together to create an LNP with a ‘natural logic’ with a mission to “Conserve, Enhance, Expand, Connect and Adapt”

Board Members

David Hill (Chair), Chris Woodley-Stewart (North Pennines AONB) (Vice Chair), Andrew Miller (Northumberland National Park Authority), Gary Smith (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority), Crispin Thorn (Forestry Commission), Christine Venus (Natural England), Amanda Miller (RSPB), Paul Burgess (Nidderdale AONB), Richard Betton (Open Seat), Laurie Norris (NFU), Elliott Lorimer (Forest of Bowland AONB), Oliver Harmar (Environment Agency), Rob Stoneman (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust), David Aldborough (Northumbrian Water), Robert Benson (Moorland Association), Ben Lamb (Tees Rivers Trust).

Our objectives are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural heritage of the northern uplands, increasing resilience and ensuring these landscapes can meet the challenges of the future
  • Value, sustain and promote the benefits that the NUC provides for society, including clean air and water, food, carbon storage and other services vital to the nation’s health and well-being.
  • Support the economic and social well-being of our upland communities in ways which contribute to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty
  • Promote public understanding and enjoyment of the nature and culture of these areas, encouraging people to take action for their conservation
  • We want to help to create a place where our special natural qualities, including our breeding wading birds, our blanket bogs, our hay meadows, our tumbling rivers and our upland woodlands, are valued for their beauty, and for their contribution to the nation’s economic, physical and spiritual well-being. We want to see peatlands restored, new woodlands created, High Nature Value Farming systems supported and natural flood management promoted.
  • We want to support a living and working upland landscape, a place where an environment-based economy thrives and where necessary development and growth takes place with respect for the natural environment on which it relies.