New Report: Investing in nature could boost UK economy

A new report, which explores land-use options post-Brexit, suggests that increasing the area of semi-natural habitats such as chalk grassland and heathland could increase economic growth by up to 5% and employment by up to 8%.

In Dorset alone, this could deliver an £0.8 billion increase in the local economy and create more than 25,000 jobs.

In contrast, the research by Bournemouth University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has suggested that the expansion of agricultural land would only increase economic growth and employment by less than 0.3%.

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