Managing Green Space

Managing Green Space and Horticulture for Pollinators and People

Led by Prof. Juliet Osborne, Director of the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute, this project will implement a co-ordinated approach to grassland management across Cornwall for the benefit of people, crops and wildlife.

Our Partners

Working with partners and land managers, this project will develop coordinated grass and field management plans for public space, roadside verges and farmland. Resulting in improved biodiversity and wildlife habitats, increase crop pollination and reduced costs for grassland management.

Key partners include Cornwall Council, Riveria Produce, Kier, Natural England, NFU, Cornwall AONB and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board,

Grassland Management in Cornwall

Cornwall has a vast area of amenity grassland in towns, and along roads. Most agriculture is based on grass production for dairy or beef, but there is also a strong horticultural industry with high value crops relying on insect pollination.

There are a large number of initiatives being undertaken by different bodies to manage grassland in a less intensive fashion, to promote plant and invertebrate diversity and the consequent ecosystem services: pollination, decomposition, soil quality, pest regulation and even water management. However most grassland in Cornwall still remains heavily mown/grazed and heavily fertilised, with the associated lack of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Managing Green Space
Project Code: 007/008
Team:
Professor Juliet Osborne
SWEEP Food Sector Lead

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