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Making Space for Nature

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding has been secured to invest in urban green spaces as part of 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 three areas will be taken forward and will have enhancements delivered in the Making Space for Nature project;

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

Consultation 

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 Beaconr.

Our aim is to commence work on site during 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 spacefornature@cornwall.gov.uk  

Lambs Lane estate

The team met with the resident's association LLAMA on 14 January. As a result of the meeting, the concept will be taken to the next stage of detailed design which will include new trees, bulbs and wildflower patches across the estate. No seating will be included. The works are planned to be undertaken in autumn 2020. 

Swanvale open space - Boslowick

An engagement event was planned for 18 April, however, this event is now cancelled.  Further information will be provided as the situation develops.

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.  

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.

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. 

If you wish to view the concept drawing you can download the plan here.  We would welcome your feedback.  Please email spacefornature@cornwall.gov.uk with your views.

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. Based on the suggestions provided, an outline concept has been drafted which can be viewed here

An event to share this had been planned for 25 April, however, based on advice, this event will no longer take place.  Contact will be 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.  The team is exploring options for sharing these with communities in Liskeard.

St Martin’s Churchyard

We will aim 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

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.

If you'd like to get involved or have any suggestions for spaces in one of the seven towns, please email spacefornature@cornwall.gov.uk.