Green Infrastructure for Growth

Places for people and wildlife

Places for people and wildlife

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Making space for nature

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.

Cornwall Council is in the final stages of making space for nature by transforming unexciting grassy spaces....

Treveglos Meadow Before

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

Treveglos Meadow After

The three-year scheme has brought 29 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.

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 and St Day Road Cemetery
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park and Longstone Park

The last scheme in Pool will be delivered in autumn 2019.

Residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements.

Our first Making Space for Nature event was a community wildflower planting day in Penzance on Saturday 30 March closely followed by a spruce up day at Trenoweth Estate, North Country.  Thank you to everybody who took part and made their contribution to wildlife.

Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at: 

  • Bioblitz at St Mary’s Churchyard, Penzance, 13 July
  • Historic Day at Millpond Gardens, Hayle, 18 July 

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

Following consultation in autumn 2017 and discussion with local residents in 2018, three sites were selected for improvements.

Some photos of the completed works sites can be seen as pdf files here



Wheal Harriet on the land behind the Elim Centre

Consultation took place on Thursday 28th June 2018 and the project has subsequently made improvements to

As well as these spaces, some new planting was done at Tuckingmill Valley Park as well as pathwork improvements.  Further works to the paths will be undertaken over summer 2019.


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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

Finally, there will be bulbs planted along sections of Moorfield Road to provide late spring colour and nectar for insects.  This work will now be done in Autumn 2019.

Accessible Picnic Table at Treskerby Playing Field

Completed projects

Projects have been completed at:

Upcoming projects

The following sites may be progressed in 2019, subject to funding.  A consultation event took place on 16 February 2019 on site to share this concept with people.

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


By the end of 2019 £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. .

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.