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Making Space for Nature

Making Space for Nature

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is investing in urban green spaces delivering the Making Space for Nature project. 

We are working with University of Exeter to improve open spaces. An area approximately the size of 28 rugby pitches will be wildlife and people friendly.

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We will be enhancing spaces such as:

  • recreation grounds
  • parks
  • woodlands
  • verges and
  • closed churchyards

This is to create havens for bees, butterflies, birds and hedgehogs. There will be:

  • wildflower meadows
  • ponds
  • hedges
  • trees
  • pollinator shrubs and
  • bulbs to brighten up selected areas

Wildlife is not the only focus of the project. The project will improve access and understanding through:

  • signage
  • seats
  • paths and
  • ‘natural play’ opportunities

For details of which towns and spaces we are working in, please look in the tabs below.

The work started in September 2020. The rolling programme will complete in December 2022.

Making space for nature in Falmouth 

In conjunction with Cornwall Councillors, Falmouth Town Council and local communities the following areas have been chosen to receive enhancements;

  • The Beacon
  • Lambs Lane estate
  • Swanvale open space in Boslowick
  • Tregoniggie Woodland


Beacon Park 

New benches, wildlife-friendly plants, bulbs and meadows have been introduced to the site.  Tree planting will be done in January.

View the final plan for The Beacon.  Please note some changes have been made while works were underway. A final plan will be issued on completion.  

There has been interest from local people to set up a Friends group to look after the small orchard. Please contact the team if you are interested in volunteering  

Lambs Lane estate

The team met with the resident's association LLAMA on 14 January. As a result of the meeting, the group agreed to improve the open areas between the houses.

Bulbs have been planted and small meadow patches prepared.  Trees will be planted in January 2021.   

To see the plans for the improvements, please see the Lamb's Lane landscape plan.

Swanvale open space - Boslowick

This area is part of the Falmouth Green Corridor from Tregoniggie Woodland to Swanpool. 

An engagement event was planned for 18 April, however, this event was cancelled. A decision on how to engage local residents in the plans will be developed and communicated.  It is likely an event on site will be held in March 2021.

The plan is to deliver works here in autumn 2021.

Tregoniggie Woodland

Working very closely with the Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland (FoTW), the team has undertaken some tree works.  They have cleared an area of non-native trees now forms an open glade. More appropriate species of trees will be planted as replacements during the winter. In addition, selected grassland areas have been renovated and re-seeded to improve the floral diversity. Some repairs to the Cornish hedges are also planned for December.  

The Tregoniggie Woodland landscape plan shows the approximate areas where the project will be working.

The friends group has commissioned a local sculptor to create sculptures in the newly created glade within the woodland. Some have been completed and when budget allows extra sculptures will be created. 

Exciting news for Launceston

The team has worked with Cornwall Councillors and the Town Council to identify spaces that could be improved as part of the project. 

Thank you to all the  residents who popped into the Launceston market in Launceston Town Square on Saturday 8 August. It was good to hear from local people who all supported the ideas.  A few were interested in volunteering and we will work with them and others to create a long-lasting impact for all the residents of Launceston.  If you are also interested in volunteering, please get in touch.

Windmill Hill

A consultation event was held on Saturday 29 February where residents were able to view the plans for two areas in the park

Works have been completed here.  The ground will look a little sparse over the winter but we anticipate splashes of colour and nectar from spring 2021.   

Ridgegrove estate

Also on Saturday 29 February 2020, a workshop was held at St Thomas' Church Hall. Residents of Ridgegrove Estate and Lane gave their views on what improvements they'd like to see at the green spaces in this area. 

After the event, the team reviewed all the comments before putting together the plan. A summary of the main findings and how we used this to guide the design has been prepared. 

Works will be taking place based on the landscape plan from December 2020.

Ridgegrove Park

Cornwall Council is acquiring land to the south of Ridgegrove Lane to enable a new crossing over the River Kensey.  The team is working with colleagues in Transport to develop a landscape plan for this parkland.   

Subject to planning permission for the path and bridge, works are likely to start from March 2021.  The outline plan can be seen here. 

Newquay urban spaces to benefit from improvements

The Making Space for Nature team has been working with Cornwall Councillors and the Town Council to agree the focus for wildlife improvements in selected spaces across Newquay.

The following areas have been agreed for interventions which will be introduced during 2020 and 2021.

Open space between 36 and 44 Towan Blystra Road

A workshop was held by University of Exeter to gather views of local residents on Saturday 14 March.

After the event, the team reviewed all the comments before putting together the plan.  A summary of the main findings and how we used this to guide the design has been prepared.

Based on the suggestions, a landscape plan was developed which takes account of community use on the main grassed area with wildlife friendly planting around the edges. 

Works have now been completed here.  

St Columb Minor play area

Working in conjunction with Officers responsible for play, we will be introducing new planting to complement the equipment at this site. Works will start in December with the majority being delivered in January and February 2021.

View the landscape outline plan

Verges in Listry, Mayfield and surrounding roads

Exploratory discussions are being held to agree how best to treat the green verges along several roads in central Newquay. There is an issue with drivers parking on these verges preventing plants from growing.  The intention here will be to introduce new planting and habitats then protect these from vehicles.  Works at this site, if agreed, will take place from autumn 2021.

The Making Space for Nature project will be improving three sites across Liskeard.  The team has been working with:

  • Liskeard Town Council
  • Liskeard Together and
  • Cornwall Councillors

The team took part in the Liskeard Unlocked event on Saturday 12 September.  Thank you to everyone who came to talk to us and completed a survey to give us feedback on the designs.  

St Martin’s Churchyard

Thank you for the responses to our on-line consultation which closed on 26 May.  The plans are still available to view in the church.

The main works have now been completed.  We want to set up some community events to involve local people in spring 2021.

View St Martin's Churchyard landscape plan.  Some changes to these plans were made.  The final plan will be updated in spring 2021.

Castle Park

Plans include the addition of:

  • wildlife hedge
  • picnic tables
  • fruit trees
  • pollinator plant beds
  • wildflower meadow areas and patches
  • colourful spring bulbs

The Castle Park landscape plan is being adjusted to take account of comments received. Works are scheduled to start in February 2021.

Lanchard Woods

Works have been completed here.  The next steps are to improve access and tree works to improve the health of the wooded areas.

Penryn is an ancient town.  There is evidence that between 1685 and 1869, fruit trees formed extensive orchards through the gardens and across the town. Fruit from these orchards was readily sold to the many vessels that visited the port. The Making Space for Nature project will acknowledge this part of the town's history and introduce fruit trees and pollinator habitat to green spaces.

Works are due to be undertaken from September 2021.

In collaboration with Cornwall Councillors, Penryn Town Council and Trees4Penryn we have agreed to invest in the following sites:

Glasney Field (site of the old college)

The initial concept has been drafted and we will share this with local people as soon as we are able to. 

Woodland below Saracen Way

Some initial tree works were undertaken in December 2020.  Further improvements will be devised during spring 2021.  Once these have been finalised, we will share these ideas with the local community

Trelawney Park

The initial designs are currently in progress.  They will be shared with the community over the coming months.

The ‘Making Space for Nature’ programme is underway in St Austell.

The first project transformed the A391 into a stunning town gateway. A ‘river of wildflowers’ perfect for pollinators runs along the road verges.

Planted in March 2020, 4000m2 wildflowers bloomed. A passer-by took time to tell us how much they enjoyed our work;

'The wildflower meadow areas are truly fabulous. The balance of flowers is magnificent. It is a great accomplishment and they are to be complemented on the initiative.'

In September 2020, the project added more native wildflower areas. This will form a 2.5km wildlife corridor between Tregrehan Mills and Treverbyn roundabouts. A footpath / cycleway runs alongside much of the verge giving up close contact with nature.

The meadows include a combination of annual and perennial species. The mix will evolve over the years.  The changes will provide colour and nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. The meadows will also provide cover and food for birds, small mammals and amphibians. Uncut meadow patches will act as refuge areas for creatures to shelter in over winter months.

Local residents and visitors to the town should enjoy the change over the years to come. This is one of many projects in St Austell for ‘Making Space for Nature’ and the Coastal Communities funded ‘St Austell Fresh Green Futures’

This project has brought together many partners with a shared goal to bring more colour, enjoyment and access to nature to St Austell.

The Making Space for Nature team has been working with;

  • University of Exeter
  • Cormac
  • CC Highways
  • St Austell Town Council
  • Darren Hawkes Landscapes
  • MeiLoci Ltd
  • Pictorial Meadows
  • National Wildflower Centre / Eden Project

Land south of the Meadows

Thank you to all who responded to a separate on-line consultation which closed on 12 June.  

A The Meadows consultation summary of the main findings guided the final The Meadows landscape plan.

Works started in November 2020 and will complete in January 2021

Cemetery Park 

Thank you to all who responded to our on-line consultation which closed on 12 June.  A Cemetery Park Consultation Summary of the main findings has guided the final Cemetery Park landscape plan.

Works will start in December 2020 completing in February 2021.

If you'd like to get involved or in one of the seven towns, please email

Green Infrastructure for Growth 2 is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.