Space for Nature

Why do we need to make space for nature in our towns?

Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy calls for creating the space and conditions for more abundant, productive and healthier habitats, species and natural systems which in turn, improve the lives of people.

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For a host of different reasons wildlife is gradually being lost from towns. We need to provide homes for our bugs, birds and other wild creatures, just as we do for people.

Children are spending less time outdoors, so providing local high quality urban green spaces for play and interaction with nature, is more important than it has ever been.

Creating new wildflower patches will contribute to the national effort to turnaround the loss of British meadows and provide pollen, nectar and shelter for our butterflies and bees.

New hedges and woodland will provide homes for hedgehogs and may help to reverse the national decline in hedgehog numbers across the UK.

Making Space for Nature will be good for people and wildlife in lots of different ways by:

  • creating attractive spaces in towns
  • planting flowers, trees and shrubs
  • improving spaces for birds, insects and wildlife
  • enhancing space for people to relax and exercise
  • providing volunteering opportunities
  • educating people and encouraging them to join in to help nature