Tender open create a set of green infrastructure benchmarks and indicators with Natural England; and leadership positions available at National Park Authorities and AONB Conservation Boards

View from Mam Tor, Peak District National Park. Image: Daniel Kay / ThinkStock

Tender: Emerging national framework of GI standards

Natural England is advertising a new tender opportunity through Bravo, Defra’s procurement portal.

The contract is to make recommendations for a set of key green infrastructure (GI) benchmarks and indicators and associated mapping datasets to support the emerging National Framework of Green Infrastructure Standards.

Delivering the framework is a commitment in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. Natural England is leading a two-year project to develop, test and refine the standards and guidance for launch in Winter 2020 / Spring 2021.

The tender deadline is 18 February. For more information on this opportunity, visit Defra’s e-portal.

National Parks and AONB leadership positions

Defra is seeking 19 new Secretary of State members for seven National Park Authorities and one Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Board:

  • Dartmoor (1 vacancy)
  • Exmoor (3 vacancies)
  • New Forest (1 vacancy)
  • Northumberland (2 vacancies)
  • Peak District (1 vacancy)
  • South Downs (5 vacancies)
  • Yorkshire Dales (2 vacancies)
  • Cotswolds AONB (4 vacancies)

Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, is ‘looking for a diverse group of passionate and committed individuals.’

‘As a Secretary of State appointed member, you will have the opportunity to help conserve and enhance our most treasured landscapes, now and for future generations. I welcome applications from people who have a clear understanding of land management, rural communities, and protection and enhancement of the environment. Applications are also encouraged from people with experience in planning, commercial and business leadership, communications and stakeholder outreach.’

The positions are non-salaried, but certain allowances – between £300 and £3,000 per annum – are available if needed. Applications close at 12.00pm on Friday 6 March. Visit the Public Appointments website for more information, including role requirements.


  1. What pity that the government definition of green infrastructure doesn’t appear to include agricultural land. It must now be over 10 years since I was involved with the with the 6C’s regional GI project – covering Leicestershire and parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – it even received millions of central government funding. It took a much more holistic view of GI than appears now to be the case. Why do I feel this is typical of government being unaware of previous valuable work.


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