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What are we doing?

The project team is working to improve urban open spaces so they become more sociable community hubs. It is hoped they will be celebrated and enjoyed by local people.

We aim to:

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  • plant
    • wildflower meadows
    • trees
    • orchards
    • pollinator friendly flower beds
  • create Cornish hedges and ponds
  • work with local communities to re-think areas of our green space

We want to encourage existing uses, such as responsible dog walking and sports to support healthy living.

The University of Exeter's environmental specialists are working with our project team. They will help to ensure that we can measure and understand the benefits of the improved green spaces: both for nature and local communities.

In 2015 Cornwall Council launched the Environmental Growth Strategy. Protection alone is no longer enough. Through this strategy we are working on investing in and growing the environment as well as protecting it.

The GI4G project is leading the way in environmental net gain. We will be investing in urban greenspaces so that they are of greater benefit to people and wildlife. Through this work we will develop a range of best-practice maintenance techniques. These will support environmental growth and can be used on other public open spaces in Cornwall.

Public consultations were carried out in the project towns to gather local points of view on their open spaces. 

The project is receiving £2,800,500 of funding. This is from the European Regional Development Fund. Cornwall Council has put forward £670,000, and the University of Exeter is providing £32,500. This includes both capital investment and establishment works.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.