What is taking place around the City. (you will not read this in the Herald)
PLYMOUTH, PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE
Summer 2014 update
Since 2012 together with Buglife we have been getting Plymouth Buzzing! Our existing sites, including Central Park and Brickfields, are blooming lovely! In 2014, the work continued with the creation of more wildflower meadows and bee verges alongside arterial routes into the city, including Embankment Road, Billacombe Road, Novorissisk Road, Tavistock Road and the St Budeaux Bypass in addition to the creation of Whitleigh Meadow.
Grow Wild – Bringing communities together!
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild is an exciting four year programme that will bring people together to sow UK native wildflowers. In Plymouth, Grow Wild is funding opportunities for friends groups to run wildlife themed events during Love Parks Week 2014.
Grow Wild Flagship Site Funding bid
Grow Wild is awarding £120,000 to transform one site in England into an exciting and inspiring space that will leave a lasting footprint. PCC has applied and have been shortlisted along with 9 other sites. Grow Wild will announce the final shortlist in July 2014, and these will be put to a public vote from October 2014 – keep up to date with progress on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!
The Plymouth hub team have been working with schools in the city to support their
Outdoor Learning activities. In April we hosted a schools network meeting at Shakespeare Primary School that introduced the Outdoor Learning kits for woodlands and beaches that have been created and are available for all schools to use for free. The summer term is a busy one with Woodland Woods hosting a Woodland Week involving 5 schools in activities. The project will provide training and curriculum planning support to schools to help deliver outdoor learning in the natural environment.
Heritage Walk and Talk
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in April members of the Yealmpton & Brixton
W.I. enjoyed a guided heritage walk around Devonport Park. The walk, led by Leigh Jones from Plymouth City Council’s Street Scene Services proved a huge success - Linda Morris from the group enthused ‘from the feedback, I think we may well ask for a repeat of the walk and talk’.
Plym Valley bid
Plymouth City Council submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £830,000 on behalf of the Plym Valley Connections Project. If successful, the total project value will be approximately £1.3m with match funding from the partners. The project aims to improve built heritage, the natural environment and access in the Plym Valley and will provide a range of opportunities for local people to get involved in activities and events.
The Ride Saltram
Plans to improve the footpath and cycle route along the Ride (adjacent to Chelson Meadow) will soon be submitted for planning. The project will deliver part of the Saltram Countryside Park Masterplan which is a key project in the Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan. The project aims to improve access for walkers and cyclists and improve the environment for people and wildlife.
Latest from around the city
Weston Mill Creek Clean-Up
Street Scene Services did a great job of cleaning up of Weston Mill creek.
New Tractors and Bailer PCCs fleet renewal programme has purchased 3 John Deere tractors for grass cutting and hedge maintenance and 2 New Holland tractors equipped with front loaders for tasks such as loading bails, moving earth and carrying out pitch maintenance. Following the success of PCC’s wildflower meadows programme PCC now has a bailer. Where previously bailers were loaned from local farmers, now there is the flexibility to bail when convenient.
Poppy flower bed
Plymouth City Council has planted a poppy shaped flower bed on the inside of
North Cross Roundabout to commemorate World War I. The petals are formed from red begonias and the centre is made up of dwarf black ornamented grass.
Friends of Radford Woods
In May the Friends of Radford Woods hosted a wildlife session for pupils of Oreston Primary School at their bird hide. The Friends talked about birds and other wildlife and the children liked having a chance to get their questions answered. The trip was enjoyed by all!
Chair of the Friends of Ham Woods, John passed away over the Easter weekend. John played a key part of the nature conservation community in Plymouth and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. You can read more about John here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Play at Saltram Stepping Stones to Nature is working in partnership with the National Trust at Saltram on a new natural play area. Using the natural landscape and Saltram’s history for inspiration we’re working with play company Touchwood to develop an inspiring, flagship play area near the café. Look out for the Grand Launch of this play area during Love Parks Week!
We’re into the final phase of this play area improvement at Kinterbury Creek and have just installed a play trail, including a beautiful wooden crab sculpture designed by Riverside Primary School children. The next phase will be complete for the summer holidays and includes wind-up sound panels with recordings of Kinterbury bird life and a slide down the meadow bank.
Love Parks Week – Woods, Waves and Wide Open Spaces
Explore the blue and green spaces on your doorstep through this exciting programme of city-wide events. This year’s programme includes sporting events, bughunts, story-telling walks, bat walks, art in nature and much more… This national event starts on Friday 25th July with a Wildlife Event launch in Central Park from the Devon Wildlife Trust, and runs until Sunday 3rd August. There will be a host of free events in your local green and blue spaces, and everyone is invited! [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Keep an eye on our events page, there’s a lot going on! As well as Plymouth City Council (PCC) led activities, we aim to promote local Friends Groups and community events that happen in natural spaces too.
Send the details to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
(date, time, venue, activity and contact details) and we’ll get them posted. Remember you need to get PCC events forms completed and activity approved first!
Why not ‘follow us’ on our new Twitter account? @NaturePlymouth and ‘like’ SteppingStones Plymouth on Facebook where we regularly post free family events, activities and training in Plymouth’s natural spaces?