A project has been launched to double the amount of green space in Cambridgeshire.

Due to the rapid pace of development in the county, less than a 10th of the available land is currently designated as a wildlife habitat or natural space, and that is having an impact on health and the economy.

Now environmental groups, local authorities and developers have teamed up to turn things around at the event’s launch in Waterbeach.

James Palmer, the mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “We certainly know that development over the last 20 or 30 years has not been done in a way that’s coherent to creating green environments.

“Many of our housing estates have small play areas, rather than open space for people to enjoy.”

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Nature has declined because of development. Credit: ITV News Anglia
A butterfly in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia
A dragonfly on a branch in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The new scheme hopes to protect green spaces in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia