Communities in Cornwall are benefiting from 40 hectares of improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas.
As spring officially starts, Cornwall Council is in the final stages of its Green Infrastructure for Growth – Making Space for Nature programme. The three-year scheme has brought 30 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.
Making Space for Nature is a practical example of Cornwall Council’s Pollinator Action Plan which is being launched later this spring. It aims to make the Council’s assets and operations more pollinator-friendly by increasing awareness of pollinators and their needs, identify and support local ideas for pollinator opportunities, help ensure pollinator habitats and species recover and provide beneficial services to farming and tourism and residents across Cornwall.
Colleagues from the SWEEP team at the University of Exeter have been working with Cornwall Cornwall by contributing their expertise to the Pollinator Action Plan, and helping to introduce a ‘B-lines‘ scheme to Cornwall. B-lines is a national scheme led by Buglife to form a network of pollinator-friendly areas to allow bees and other insects to thrive.
Now residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements. The following sites have been completed under the scheme which is part of the Council’s Environmental Growth strategy:
• Penzance; Bolitho Gardens, Millennium Woods, Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann’s Field
• Hayle; Copperhouse Pool Margins, Treveglos Meadow and Millpond Gardens
• Camborne; Tuckingmill Valley Park, Wheal Harriet (Elim Centre) and Park an Tansys open space.
• Pool; East Pool Park, Treloweth Park and Crembling Well. New trees have also been planted on Tolvaddon Road.
• Redruth; Treskerby Playing Field, Trenoweth Playing Field, Knights Way Field and St Day Road Cemetery.
• Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood
• Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park and Longstone Park
Work continues in Penzance and Camborne.
By the end of this year £3.5m will have been spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project is receiving £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said:
“The Making Space for Nature project has helped transform plots of land in towns across Cornwall to make them better places for people and for wildlife.
“As spring starts we are inviting residents to come out and see these beautiful new green spaces and get involved in planting activities or just enjoy being in nature.”
Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at:
• Trenoweth Playing Field, Redruth, April 9
• Warfelton Field, Saltash, April 13
• Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Penzance, April 17
• Berries Avenue, Bude, May 23
• Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 6 to 8
• Goldsworthy Field, Bude, June 15
• Treveglos Meadow, Hayle, June 21
• St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth, June 22
• Golowan Festival, Penzance, June 29
• St Mary’s Churchyard, Penzance, July 3