Gloucester City Council secures funding for environmental improvements and flood reduction
Gloucester City Council has secured match funding to improve or create around 250 hectares of habitat for wildlife and environmental improvements across the county.
The areas earmarked in Gloucester include public spaces in Sandyleaze, which will see the planting of a wildflower meadow and an orchard, Haycroft Drive where there will be wildflower, tree and orchard planting and Baneberry Road where work will be done to divert surface water and reduce flooding as well as to provide a wetland habitat for birds and insects.
Other works taking place in the county will include improvements at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus, at Tewkesbury at Bishops Cleeve, and in Cheltenham in particular at Pittville Park, the Imperial Gardens and Sandford Park.
The project will cost over £1.4m and has been funded by the City Council, the European Regional Development Fund, the University of Gloucestershire, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Borough Councils, Gloucestershire County Council, the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
The environmental projects carried out will see the planting of native hedgerow and wildlife corridors as well as the creation of woodland and orchards.
It will also see river restoration and the construction of sustainable urban drainage systems.
The scheme is intended to bring about a number of environmental benefits including the reduction of flood risks, increased biodiversity, improvements to water quality and improved urban air quality.
Works have already started at some sites including Grange Field in Bishops Cleeve where the moving and naturalising of a section of watercourse is being carried out and they are due to start on the Sud brook in Abbeydale, Gloucester with the moving and re-naturalising of a section of the Sud brook, tree and wildflower meadow planting.
It is planned that communities will be involved as much as possible in the project which will run until Summer 2022, and help with future monitoring of the habitat improvements.
Councillor Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment at Gloucester City Council said: “This is an important piece of work that will not only see areas being improved for wildlife and to make them more attractive to visitors but will bring real benefits in terms of flood reduction and improved air quality.
We are delighted that working together with our partners on such an ambitious scheme.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to be involved with the project and is interested in carrying out citizen Science Projects can email Urban.Greening@gloucester.gov.uk