A Plan to Reshape our Economy: Pledge #10

30 October 2020



Lockdown and the pandemic have temporarily changed the relationship between the economy and the environment. As we stimulate new economic activity, we must ensure this is more beneficial and less harmful to the planet. Green infrastructure provides savings of up to £170m per year through opportunities for physical exercise which decreases sickness leave and premature mortality.

Our Pledge:

Enhance our landscapes and provide more and accessible green spaces.

Our Actions:

  • Expand and restore green spaces
  • Pilot innovative approaches in valuing the importance of our natural capital
  • Support land based industries to increase their energy and resource efficiency 



Capitalise on our high quality landscapes and green spaces.


Pledge stories:

Work to deliver this pledge has already begun. In their response to the pandemic, investment decisions and plans for the future, places, businesses, and organisations across the region are already reshaping towards a greener, fairer, stronger future. Check out the case studies below and on our website.

National Park offers ‘trees for free’ as part of COVID-19 recovery fund

A new community woodland for York – with 50,000 trees

Project Thrive

Aireville Park masterplan – residents asked for views to shape the park’s future

Craven District Council plants thousands of trees on Council land

Welcome to Yorkshire develops greener tourism offers that protect and make the most of our region’s green spaces

Great Place: Lakes and Dales


A Plan to Reshape our Economy

Following on from our vision launch for a greener, fairer, stronger economic recovery for YNY, the LEP has worked with all LAs and partner organisations region-wide to develop a plan to reshape the region’s economy in order to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic.

Read the full Plan to Reshape our Economy here.

Impact of the plan on reshaping the economy will be measured by successful delivery against the 10 pledges. Read the pledge stories on our news page here.


Join us on Friday 6 November for our annual conference.

Held online for the first time, the conference will focus on a Greener, Fairer, Stronger vision for reshaping the York & North Yorkshire economy and how we can work together to achieve this. 

Register here: https://ynylepannualconference2020.register-me.uk/

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