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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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For more details, please download our leaflet Making space for nature in Cornish towns

We will be enhancing spaces such as:

  • recreation grounds
  • parks
  • edges of sports fields
  • verges and
  • closed churchyards

This is 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

Wildlife is not the only focus of the project. The project will improve access and understanding through:

  • signage
  • seats
  • paths and
  • ‘natural play’ opportunities

We will be working in:

  • Bodmin
  • Falmouth
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard
  • Newquay
  • Penryn
  • St. Austell

Works will be starting in September 2020 with a rolling programme over the autumn and winter.

Making space for nature in Falmouth 

The Beacon ParkIn conjunction with Cornwall Councillors, Falmouth Town Council and local communities the following areas have been chosen to receive enhancements;

  • 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. 

Works started on 7 September and will be completed by November 2020.

View the final plan for The Beacon, although some changes have been made while works are underway. A final plan will be issued on completion.  

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 houses with:

  • 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 Lamb's Lane 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 was cancelled. A decision on how to engage local residents in the plans will be developed and communicated.  It is likely an event on site will be held in May or June 2021.

The plan is to deliver works here in autumn 2021.

Tregoniggie Woodland

Working very closely with the Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland (FoTW), the team has undertaken some tree works.  They have cleared 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. Some repairs to the Cornish hedges are also planned.  

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

Improving the grasslands within the glades of the woods is one of the objectives.  The first part of this involved a 'cut and collect' mow.  Later in the autumn, the ground will be raked and scarified before Cornish-provenance hay meadow seed will be sown.

In the meantime, the friends group has commissioned a local sculptor to create sculptures in the newly created glade within the woodland. Some have been completed and when budget allows extra sculptures will be created. 

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 project. 

Thank you to all the  residents who popped into the Launceston market in Launceston Town Square on Saturday 8 August. It was good to hear from local people who all supported the ideas.  A few were interested in volunteering and we will work with them and others to create a long-lasting impact for all the residents of Launceston.  If you are also interested in volunteering, please get in touch.

Windmill Hill

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

Works have begun and we anticipate completion in November 2020. 

Ridgegrove estate

Also on Saturday 29 February 2020, a workshop was held at St Thomas' Church Hall. 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. 

Works will be taking place based on the landscape plan from November 2020.

Ridgegrove Park

Cornwall Council is acquiring land to the south of Ridgegrove Lane to enable a new crossing over the River Kensey.  The team is working with colleagues in Transport to develop a landscape plan for this parkland.   

Subject to planning permission for the path and bridge, works are likely to start in January or February 2021.  The outline plan may change as a result of this. Improvements will be introduced to this new public green space.

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.

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.

Based on the suggestions, a landscape plan has been developed which takes account of community use on the main grassed area with wildlife friendly planting around the edges. 

Works will be starting here in October 2020.

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. If agreement is reached, work will commence in November 2020.

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.  Works at this site, if agreed, will take place from autumn 2021.

The Making Space for Nature project will be improving three sites across Liskeard.  They have been working with: 

  • Liskeard Town Council
  • Liskeard Together and
  • Cornwall Councillors

A brief summary of the proposed project interventions is below.  

The team took part in the Liskeard Unlocked event on Saturday 12 September.  Thank you to everyone who came to talk to us and completed a survey to give us feedback on the designs.  

St Martin’s Churchyard

Our aims are 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

Thank you for the responses to our on-line consultation which closed on 26 May.  The plans are still available to view in the church and we hope to set up some community events to involve local people in some of the improvements.

To view the current plans, please use the link below

Works based on this plan will begin in November 2020.

Castle Park

Plans will include the addition of:

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

The landscape plans will be adjusted to take account of comments received.   If you have further views, please email the team at before 9th October.

Lanchard Woods

We will improve the health of the woodland with tree, woodland and access works.

The team is working with  the town council and two community groups to deliver this from November 2020.

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 is transforming the A391 into a stunning town gateway. A ‘river of wildflowers’ perfect for pollinators will run along the road verges.

Planted in March 2020, 4000m2 wildflowers are blooming. A passer-by took time to tell us how much they enjoyed our work;

'The wildflower meadow areas are truly fabulous. The balance of flowers is magnificent. It is a great accomplishment and they are to be complemented on the initiative.'

In September 2020, the project added 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. The mix will evolve over the years.  The changes will provide colour and nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. The meadows 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 

Thank you to all who responded to our on-line consultation which closed on 12 June.  A summary of the main findings has guided the final landscape plan.

Works will commence in December 2020.

Land south of The Meadows

Similarly, thank you to all who responded to a separate on-line consultation which also closed on 12 June.  

A summary of the main findings guided the final landscape plan.

Works will commence in November 2020.

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.