Riparian restoration plus associated habitats
Located within Hucclecote and Barnwood Wards
There are several locations of works proposed covering Barnwood Park, Appleton Way, Porchester Road and Coney Hill. The intended works at these locations are as follows: -
At Barnwood Park we intend to create wetland areas within the balancing pond. The wider area will be subject to meadow creation and planting which will be maintained accordingly.
In the existing balancing pond at Appleton Way we plan to have wetland area scrapes with the location benefiting from wildflower meadow creation and tree planting. Improvements to access are planned to allow maintenance vehicles access and egress.
A new drainage strategy is to be created along a small section of Porchester Road. This will divert road run-off into a swale before discharging into the Wotton Brook. This will improve water quality and reduce flood risk. The local green space will be cultivated for wildflower meadow creation with a mown path for pedestrian access.
The balancing pond at Coney Hill will be subject to partial clearance of the existing tree and vegetation in preparation for wildflower meadow creation and native tree planting.
Here are answers to the most common questions asked about the Urban Greening project at Barnwood Park.
Will there be open grass areas? A large area surrounding the existing rugby posts is to be retained as 'amenity grass' with the overall wildflower meadow cut short twice a year.
Are any paths being kept? Within the wildflower meadow we will provide several mown paths that replicate the current routes and desire lines observed on site.
Will we be able to bring our dogs? There are no plans to exclude dogs from the basin site. The proposal provides a much more interesting, varied and pleasant landscape that will improve everyone's visit, including dogs.
In this month we will be carrying out localised tree and vegetation clearance works across the various sites. The following sketch shows the proposed works for the Barnwood Park site that comprises wildflower meadow and wetland habitat creation. Two new benches are proposed to allow visitors to take in the dramatic colours of the meadows when they are in full bloom.
Design of the other sites is still underway, drawings will be posted as soon as they become available.
Design work for all these sites is currently underway. When ready, details will be posted on here.