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Making Space for Nature

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding has been secured to invest in urban green spaces delivering the Making Space for Nature project. 

With support from the University of Exeter and match funding from Cornwall Council, we will be spending £2.9m by 2022 transforming green deserts into wildlife-friendly spaces. In total, an area approximately the size of 28 rugby pitches will be renovated.

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We are looking to enhance spaces such as recreation grounds, parks, edges of sports fields, verges and closed churchyards to create havens for bees, butterflies, birds and hedgehogs. There will be wildflower meadows, ponds, hedges, trees, pollinator shrubs and bulbs to brighten up selected areas.

We will be working in Bodmin, Falmouth, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penryn and St. Austell.

Wildlife is not the only focus of the project. The improvements will improve access and understanding by introducing signage, seats, paths and ‘natural play’ opportunities.

Making space for nature in Falmouth 

In conjunction with Cornwall Councillors and Falmouth Town Council, the following areas have been chosen to receive enhancements delivered in the Making Space for Nature project;

  • The Beacon Park
  • Lambs Lane estate
  • Swanvale open space in Boslowick
  • Tregoniggie Woodland


Beacon Park 

The first consultation event was held on Saturday 7 December.  Around 30 people came to talk to the team about their views. There was overwhelming support for the proposal and a few suggestions for further enhancements. 

View the final plan for The Beacon.

Our aim is to commence work on site during September 2020.  There has been interest from local people to set up a Friends group to look after the small orchard, please contact the team if you are interested in volunteering  

Lambs Lane estate

The team met with the resident's association LLAMA on 14 January. As a result of the meeting, the group agreed to improve the open areas between the areas with a range new trees, bulbs and wildflower patches across the estate. No seating will be included. The works are planned to be undertaken from November 2020. 

To see the plans for the estate improvements, please review the landscape plan

Swanvale open space - Boslowick

This area is part of the Falmouth Green Corridor from Tregoniggie Woodland to Swanpool. 

An engagement event was planned for 18 April, however, this event is now cancelled.  A decision on how to engage local residents in the plans will be developed before August 2020.

Tregoniggie Woodland

Working very closely with the Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland, the team has undertaken some tree works to clear an area of non-native trees which will now become an open glade.  More appropriate species of trees will be planted as replacements during autumn 2020.  In addition, the grassland areas will be managed to improve the floral diversity and some repairs to the Cornish hedges are planned.  

The landscape plan shows the approximate areas where the project will be working.

Exciting news for Launceston

The team has been working with Cornwall Councillors and the Town Council to identify spaces that could be improved as part of the Making Space for Nature project. We will be focussing on two areas in town.

Windmill Hill

A consultation event was held in the sports centre in Coronation Park on Saturday 29 February where residents were able to view the plans for two areas in the park

It is likely this will be progressed to the next stage over the coming months alongside the Ridgegrove green corridor concepts with planting going ahead over the winter.

Ridgegrove Green Corridor

Also on Saturday 29 February, a workshop was held at St Thomas' Church Hall on 29 February 2020. Residents of Ridgegrove Estate and Lane gave their views on what improvements they'd like to see at the green spaces in this area.

After the event, the team reviewed all the comments before putting together the plan.  A  summary of the main findings and how we used this to guide the design has been prepared

If you would like to view the concept drawing you can download the landscape plan and let us know what you think. 

A second event had been planned for 4 April to share the landscape plan with residents. Unfortunately due to the advice surrounding the Corona Virus, this event has now been cancelled.  We apologise for the change of plan and will be endeavouring to share the concept with residents in an alternative format

Please email if you would like any further information. 

Newquay urban spaces to benefit from improvements

The Making Space for Nature team has been working with Cornwall Councillors and the Town Council to agree the focus for wildlife improvements in selected spaces across Newquay.

The following areas have been agreed for interventions which will be introduced during 2020 and 2021

St Columb Minor play area

Working in conjunction with Officers responsible for play, we hope to introduce new planting to complement the equipment at this site.

View the landscape outline plan

Verges in Listry, Mayfield and surrounding roads

Exploratory discussions are being held to agree how best to treat the green verges along several roads in central Newquay. There is an issue with drivers parking on these verges preventing plants from growing.  The intention here will be to introduce new planting and habitats then protect these from vehicles.

Open space between 36 and 44 Towan Blystra Road

A workshop was held by University of Exeter to gather views of local residents on Saturday 14 March.

After the event, the team reviewed all the comments before putting together the plan.  A summary of the main findings and how we used this to guide the design has been prepared for you.

Based on the suggestions provided, an outline concept has been prepared with works planned for spring 2021. 

An event to share this had been planned for 25 April, however, based on advice, this event will no longer take place.  Contact has been made with the attendees of the first workshop and we will endeavour to contact the surrounding properties to keep them informed of any developments.

The Making Space for Nature project will be improving three sites across Liskeard. Working with Liskeard Town Council and Cornwall Councillors, these sites are being considered.

A brief summary of the proposed project interventions is below.  

St Martin’s Churchyard

Our aims will be to:

  • make the paths wider
  • plant spring bulbs in the well visited and tended areas of the churchyard
  • create patches of wildflowers in the areas with longer grass
  • refurbish the entrance gates
  • add bird, bat and hedgehog boxes across the site

We are keen to hear your views on the overall design for the churchyard which can be given through the on-line survey.  Please complete this before Sunday 24th May.

Before visiting the survey, please view the plans using the links below.

Castle Park

Initial plans include the addition of:

  • wildlife hedge
  • picnic tables
  • fruit trees
  • pollinator plant beds
  • wildflower meadow areas and patches
  • colourful spring bulbs

Lanchard Woods

We will endeavour to improve the health of the woodland with tree and woodland works.

The Making Space for Nature project will also be considering how to improve the wildlife potential of urban roadsides.

We are undertaking a pilot to 'cut and collect' grass verges.  This management should reduce the nutrients in the verges, improving conditions for wildflowers.  The team will be working with  the town council and two community groups to deliver this.

Penryn is an ancient town.  There is evidence that between 1685 and 1869, fruit trees formed extensive orchards through the gardens and across the town. Fruit from these orchards was readily sold to the many vessels that visited the port. The Making Space for Nature project will acknowledge this part of the town's history and introduce fruit trees and pollinator habitat to green spaces.

In collaboration with:

  • Penryn Town Council
  • Cornwall Councillors
  • Trees4Penryn

the Making Space for Nature project will invest in the following sites:

  • Glasney Field (site of the old college)
  • Trelawney Park
  • Woodland below Saracen Way

The initial designs are currently in progress.  They will be shared with the community over the coming months.

The ‘Making Space for Nature’ programme is underway in St Austell. The first project will transform the A391 into a stunning town gateway. A ‘river of wildflowers’ perfect for pollinators will run along the road verges. Planted in March, 4000m2 the wildflowers are already blooming.

In September, the project will add more native wildflower areas. This will form a 2.5km wildlife corridor between Tregrehan Mills and Treverbyn roundabouts. A footpath / cycleway runs alongside much of the verge giving up close contact with nature.

The meadows include a combination of annual and perennial species in different mixes. These will evolve over the years.  The changes will provide colour and nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. The meadow will also provide cover and food for birds, small mammals and amphibians. Uncut meadow patches will act as refuge areas for creatures to shelter in over winter months.

This autumn, the meadow verges will get an annual cut, to ensure continued diversity of flower species. We will remove cuttings  to leave a healthy sward ready to grow again each springtime.

Local residents and visitors to the town should enjoy the change over the years to come. This is one of many projects in St Austell for ‘Making Space for Nature’ and the Coastal Communities funded ‘St Austell Fresh Green Futures’

This project has brought together many partners with a shared goal to bring more colour, enjoyment and access to nature to St Austell.

The Making Space for Nature team has been working with;

  • University of Exeter
  • Cormac
  • CC Highways
  • St Austell Town Council
  • Darren Hawkes Landscapes
  • MeiLoci Ltd
  • Pictorial Meadows
  • National Wildflower Centre / Eden Project

Cemetery Park 

We are keen to hear your views on the overall design for the park.  Please view the Cemetery Park landscape concept plan and email before 12 June with your comments.

Land south of The Meadows

Similarly, we are seeking your views on another park. Please have a look at the The Meadows landscape concept plan and email before 12 June with your comments. 

If you'd like to get involved or have any suggestions for spaces in one of the seven towns, please email

Green Infrastructure for Growth 2 is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.