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Green Infrastructure for Growth

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Making space for nature

Communities in seven Cornish towns have better green spaces because of this project.  Cornwall Council has transformed 40 hectares of urban open space.  Making space for nature from unexciting grassy spaces and turning them into beautiful sanctuaries for people and wildlife.

The three-year scheme brought 31 areas to seven towns. The total are equal to 40 rugby pitches.  Case studies show examples of how we improved parks for nature and people.

The project delivers practical solutions guided by the Environmental Growth Strategy.

Please visit these spaces to see the improvements:

  • 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
  • In Redruth; Treskerby Playing Field, Trenoweth Playing Field, Knights Way Field, Trefusis and St. Day Road Cemetery
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue, Crescent Car Park borders and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park, Chapel Field and Longstone Park

Residents took part in activities in these enriched green spaces. We held events including picnic and paint, bulb planting, seed bomb making and bio-blitzes in all seven towns.  Thank you to everybody who took part and made their contribution to wildlife.  


£3.5m was spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project received £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Cornwall Council and University of Exeter provided match funding.

Further information

For more information on what is being done and how visit Green Infrastructure for Growth - What is being done and how webpage.

For more information please contact

Should you be interested in other environmental projects in Cornwall, please visit the Grow Nature section of the website. 

The Seven Project Towns

Four sites have been completed in Bude.

Some photos of the completed works sites can be seen as pdf files from the links below.

In addition the project worked with Friends of the Earth Bude to provide new plants for the main bed at Crescent Car Park. They are now maintaining this new flower border. If you are interested in volunteering please contact FoE Bude local group.

Consultation took place on Thursday 28 June 2018.

Improvements have been made to the following open spaces

Project works were completed in spring and early summer 2018 at

The 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.

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

The last scheme in Pool saw spring flowering bulbs planted along Moorfield Road in autumn 2019.  

Completed projects

Projects have been completed at:

Current project

Works are currently on site at

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

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