Kingsway and Milton Aveune
Located within the Kingsway, Grange and Podsmead Wards
Several locations have been identified in this area for habitat and bio-diversity improvements contributing to the blue-green corridor associated with Daniels Brook and Black Ditch.
It's intended to undertake wildflower meadow creation within a green corridor between Kingsway Estate and Kingsway Manor Farm.
At Milton Avenue public open space (POS) it is intended to compliment the current community maintenance work with the introduction of carefully managed wildflower meadow and native tree planting. Some additional work to the existing balancing pond is planned to enhance bio-diversity. This will typically include some site clearance and reconfiguration of the existing wetland areas.
We intend to enhance Streamside balancing pond with the introduction of a wildflower meadow supported by a careful maintenance regime.
Both Milton Avenue (planting plan) and Tuffley Park (planting plan) are currently being prepared for wildflower seeding,
In order to allow the wildflower seed to make contact with the earth and germinate it has been necessary to cultivate the soil and create bare ground. The bare soil may persist for a number of months, but will gradually ‘green-up’ as the seeds begin to germinate.
Next year at these sites there should be an attractive display of cornfield annual flowers including poppies, corncockles and cornflowers. These will act as a ‘nurse crop’, protecting the slower to establish, more subtle, perennial wildflowers. Over time, the perennial wildflowers should become increasingly diverse with species such as ox eye daisy, hawkbit and wild carrot, providing essential habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
Works on the seeding are planned to be completed by November.
Native daffodil bulbs will be planted this autumn, and tree planting will be carried out over the winter.
Additional works are nearing completion at Milton Avenue area off Woodpecker Road where significant clearance of bramble and vegetation, along with extensive earthworks, has created a more manageable landscape. Improved accessibility has been provided by the installation of a small path.
Design work for this location is currently underway. When ready, details will be posted here.