Work begins on Spring Meadows and Copcut Park biodiversity revamp - The Droitwich Standard

Work begins on Spring Meadows and Copcut Park biodiversity revamp

Droitwich Editorial 13th Jun, 2024   0

WORK has begun on wildlife and biodiversity enhancements in two popular Droitwich parks thanks to grant funding secured by the town council.

Spring Meadow and Copcut Park are being improved with new wildlife, biodiversity and pathway enhancements to create enjoyable open spaces for the community.

Droitwich Spa Town Council will utilise £15,000 in awarded funding from the Natural Networks Programme which aims to create and restore wildlife rich habitats across Worcestershire.

The programme is a partnership between Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

At Spring Meadow additional and replacement native blossom and fruit trees will be planted, together with sowing a wild flower meadow area. This will support pollinators, create further natural habitat and boost floral diversity.

Other features include a new insect/bug hotel structure, additional park benches, spring bulb planting and two new formal planting raised bed sections.

Copcut Park’s pathway network between between Worcester Road and Celvestune Way will be redefined and resurfaced in natural compacted stone to enhance the walkway and return some of the pathway back to the natural habitat.

The pathway surfacing, which has received additional capital investment, will be permeable and non-sealed, benefiting ecology, accessibility and ease of maintenance.

A variety of spring bulbs, including wild garlic and English bluebells, will also be planted in the woodland and amenity grassland areas of Copcut Park.

Other features include bird & bat boxes, an insect/bug hotel structure and some replacement tree planting.

The Working Group of the Town Council leading on the project comprises of councillors Chris Bowden, Sue Brazier, Paul Clements, Dave Davidson and Richard Morris.

Coun Bowden, chairman of the council’s community & amenities committee said: “The town council has benefitted from the maximum eligible grant towards this project.

“We are very excited to be leading on this initiative working with our partners through Natural Networks.

“We are proud of the benefits and improvements this opportunity will bring for these community green space assets. Care for the environment and supporting our wildlife remain key priorities.”

Works were expected to begin shortly after the grant was announced in May with completion expected by December this year.


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