A project to improve green spaces in Cornwall is receiving up to £2.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.
Communities in Cornwall are benefiting from 40 hectares of improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas. The three-year scheme has brought 30 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches. Now residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements. In Bude, Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood have been completed.
By the end of this year, £3.5m will have been spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project is receiving £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “The Making Space for Nature project has helped transform plots of land in towns across Cornwall to make them better places for people and for wildlife.
“As spring starts we are inviting residents to come out and see these beautiful new green spaces and get involved in planting activities or just enjoy being in nature.”
Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at. Bude’s is today June 15th at Goldsworthy Field
Find more information about the Making Space for Nature project.
Making Space for Nature is a practical example of Cornwall Council’s Pollinator Action Plan which is being launched later this spring.
It aims to make the Council’s assets and operations more pollinator-friendly by increasing awareness of pollinators and their needs, identify and support local ideas for pollinator opportunities, help ensure pollinator habitats and species recover and provide beneficial services to farming and tourism and residents across Cornwall.