A dedicated member of the RSPB team, Steven Lofting, will be based in Bromley, south London and will work with Bromley Council’s grounds maintenance contractor idverde on the borough’s 93 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), six Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and five Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
The partnership will enable biodiversity needs to be combined with idverde’s existing work with Friends and other community groups in the area. A key element of this work will be creating opportunities for everyone in the area to discover the wildlife and variety of species living in their neighbourhood.
John Pemberton, idverde’s conservation and education development manager, said his company and RSPB shared many values.
"Collaborative approaches to conservation are essential if we are to safeguard our biodiversity for future generations. We hope that through our funding, the RSPB will be able to continue its valuable work alongside idverde in enabling and empowering the communities of Bromley to engage with the nature on their doorstep and make a positive impact."
Executive councillor for the environment councillor Colin Smith said: "It is vital to never forget that we are all only transient guardians of our parks and green spaces and hold a debt and duty to protect not only what we have been blessed to enjoy ourselves, but also for future generations too, and this is why the partnership work between the Council, idverde and Bromley’s ‘Friends of Parks’ groups is so important.
"The depth of skills which idverde bring to the table in tandem with the obvious strengths of the country's largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is excellent news for Bromley’s people and green environment given the added dynamism and benefits their joint working will bring, particularly over the longer term, where such planning and commitment is so vital."
idverde won several awards in this year's BALI National Landscape Awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.