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Green Infrastructure for Growth

Places for people and wildlife

Places for people and wildlife

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Making space for nature

Communities in seven Cornish towns have benefitted from improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas.

Cornwall Council has transformed 40 hectares of urban open space making space for nature from unexciting grassy spaces....

Treveglos Meadow Before

.....into beautiful sanctuaries for people and wildlife

Treveglos Meadow After

The three-year scheme has brought 31 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.

Some case studies have been prepared to share the project's ideas with others who may wish to enhance open spaces across Cornwall

The following sites have been completed under the scheme which is part of the Council’s Environmental Growth strategy

  • Penzance; Bolitho Gardens, Milllennium Woods, Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Mennaye Boating Lake, Mann's Field and St Mary's Churchyard
  • 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, Trefusis and St Day Road Cemetery
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue, Crescent Car Park borders and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park, Chapel Field and Longstone Park

Residents have taken part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements.  There have been picnic and paint, bulb planting, seed bomb making and art sessions in selected spaces in all seven towns.

Thank you to everybody who took part and made their contribution to wildlife.

Select the town below and follow the links to find out what we've been up to

Bee posts installed at Goldsworthy Drive open space

Four sites have been completed in Bude.

Some photos of the completed works sites can be seen as pdf files from the links below.

In addition the project worked with Friends of the Earth Bude to provide new plants for the main bed at Crescent Car Park. They are now maintaining this new flower border. If you are interested in volunteering please contact FoE Bude local group.


Wheal Harriet on the land behind the Elim Centre

Consultation took place on Thursday 28 June 2018.

Improvements have been made to the following open spaces

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Project works were completed in spring and early summer 2018 at


If you are interested in volunteering, there are lots of opportunities. Please email the team on

New path and compost bins in the Love Lane Wildlife GardenThe rescheduled consultation event took place on Friday 27 July.  Following the consultation, six sites in Penzance have benefitted from improvements

If you would be interested in working with local volunteers and helping them in managing these sites, please email

Work at all sites in Penzance were completed in April 2019.


East Pool Girl By Bug Hotel

Improvements have been made to these spaces during September and October 2018.  Please see the photos of works undertaken.  

In addition, trees have been planted along the Tolvaddon Road

The last scheme in Pool saw spring flowering bulbs planted along Moorfield Road in autumn 2019.  The bulbs should bring colour and nectar from April 2020.

Accessible Picnic Table at Treskerby Playing Field

Completed projects

Projects have been completed at:

Current project

Works are currently on site at

It is expected that all new interventions will be delivered by spring 2020.

Warfelton Feb 2019


Works have now been completed with new pollinator friendly planting, seating areas, trees and paths.  Please come along in the spring to watch the plants develop at


Consultation took place on Saturday 21 April where the designs were available to view.  There was a further chance to talk to the team on Thursday 4 October at the Burraton Community Centre and further changes to the plans for Grenfell Estate were changed as a result of comments made at that meeting.

If you'd like to find out the results of our surveys which took place in and around the parks, please select the links below:

Get in touch

If you are interested in getting involved with these plans, please email the team on

Bay View Seating Area


 £3.5m was spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project received £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Cornwall Council and University of Exeter provided match funding.

Further information

If you live in one of the towns and would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the project, please get in touch.

For more information please contact

Find out more about what we're doing, why we're doing it and where the funding comes from.

Should you be interested in other environmental projects in Cornwall, please visit the Grow Nature section of the website.