Who we are

Who we are

Amy Lewis

Towards a clean, carbon-neutral, climate resilient city region

The Greater Manchester Environment Fund is uniting public, private and philanthropic funders in a mission to tackle urgent environmental challenges facing the city region.

Greater Manchester faces these challenges that threaten the future health and prosperity of the city region - air pollution, devastation of habitats and risks from climate change.

Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham has launched a five-year Environment Plan for the city region with the ambitious vision for a “clean, carbon-neutral, climate resilient city region with a thriving natural environment” and demanded urgent action to achieve this.

 Recognising that traditional grant and public funding will be insufficient alone to deliver these ambitions, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is pioneering a new approach, the Greater Manchester Environment Fund, formed by a partnership between GMCA, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Finance Earth. 

We need to act now to tackle the environmental challenges we face
Andy Burnham
Mayor of Greater Manchester

The partnership

GMEF Manager - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Lancashire Wildlife Trust is well-known for its science-based conservation expertise and is at the forefront of bringing species such as red squirrels back from the brink. Lancashire Wildlife Trust has recently reintroduced the Manchester Argus butterfly to Greater Manchester after an absence of 150 years. 

The Trust has a range of environmental expertise including in advocacy, campaigning, land management and partnerships; programme management, wider stakeholder engagement, consultation and communication; and fundraising, including experience in new and more diverse income streams and fund distribution.

With an annual turnover of £5m, a £1m trading arm and a £1m landfill distribution arm, Lancashire Wildlife Trust is experienced at managing large-scale projects including:

  • Chat Moss – major lowland peat land acquisition, restoration and habitat creation;
  • Bickershaw Country Park – natural flood storage;
  • Wigan Flashes – land reclamation and transformation into the country's first proposed National Nature Reserve;
  • Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership – areas designated as a
    Nature Improvement Area.

GMEF Sponsor - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and the Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city region. GMCA’s vision is to make Greater Manchester, home to more than 2.8 million people, one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.

GMCA recognises that the natural environment in the Greater Manchester region is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of the residents and the foundation of the local economy.  GMCA has set out bold plans to create a city region that is fit for the future and will lead a new environmental revolution in the UK.

GMCA is working to ensure that immediate environmental leadership and action will tackle the scale of the environmental threats facing the region and secure a cleaner and healthier environment for all.