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Biodiversity boosting plans get underway after public consultation

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 A scheme which will transform an unused strip of land in Warndon has been drawn up by Worcester City Council after consultation with local residents.

The Cotswold Way public open space lies between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Close and the plans include biodiversity enhancements and new play equipment. A proposal to provide an 11-bay parking area was initially included, but officers are not recommending this element as residents said they would prefer to see a community garden or similar.

The piece of land already has many trees, including fruit trees and has recently benefitted from the planting of 60,000 bulbs which will flower from February to June.

Next steps will include creating woodchip pathways through the woodland areas and introducing insect posts, bird and bat boxes, hibernacula and loggeries, using the existing woodland and hedged areas.

Providing a wildflower meadow and mini orchard to the Cranham Drive end of the area will add to the biodiversity enhancements and three interpretation boards explaining the work that has been carried out will be installed.

If councillors back the proposals, then the site will also be used for 'play on the way' – a play trail for children and young people. Seating will also be provided and young people will be consulted on the design and outcome of the scheme.

Chair of Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development committee, Cllr Robyn Norfolk, said: "We were pleased that residents engaged with our consultation regarding this piece of land and as always, we have listened to their views. The bulbs and planned wildflowers will not only make the area look pretty but will also encourage pollinators and provide habitat for wildlife. I'm hoping that councillors will back the move to provide a 'play on the way' area – with that included, this exciting project will benefit residents of all ages."

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