Over the last year the importance of our greenspaces has come into sharp focus. They are vital spaces for people; helping to support our physical and mental well-being. Managed in the right way, they can also play an important part in our response to the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
The roll out of the Sustainable Grass Management Pilot Project was approved in January 2021. The pilot project will run for 1 year until the end of spring 2022.
This project will trial changes to how we manage grassland at 35 greenspace sites (including parks and road verges).
We hope the changes will help:
- create diverse and healthy greenspaces for local people to enjoy
- benefit wildlife and reduce biodiversity loss
- help combat the climate emergency
The sorts of changes that are being made include:
- Creating naturalised grass areas (cut once or twice a year, and sown with wildflowers in some locations)
- Creating patches or strips of wildflower meadow
- Delaying or reducing the frequency of amenity grass cutting
- Planting bulbs and trees
- Sowing meadow seed or wildflower seed.
Finalised pilot sites
Each site listed below gives a description and a map showing the changes being made.
Sites still to be finalised
Details are still being finalised for the small number of sites listed below. Maps and descriptions will be added as soon as possible.
- Burnbank Road
- Portal Road
Give us your views on the Sustainable Grass Management Pilot Project: