In a bid to help wildlife and increase biodiversity in Gloucestershire, The Grangefield in Bishop’s Cleeve is being transformed into a wildlife haven.
With a new wildflower meadow, orchard and wetland area, Tewkesbury Borough Council – which owns The Grangefield – hopes to create a natural habitat for wildlife to thrive, as well as increasing biodiversity and helping to reduce the risk of flooding in the area.
To help the public access and enjoy the 4.5-hectare site, new pedestrian bridges and fencing around ponds have also been installed, with plans for educational and interpretation signage to go up in the future, too.
Lead member for Clean and Green Environment at Tewkesbury Borough Council, Councillor Jim Mason, said: ‘The Grangefield is a wonderful local resource. It’s vital that it is kept well maintained, so I’m delighted with all the work that has been carried out.
‘Our improvements have created a wildlife haven that everyone can enjoy. We are committed to enhancing biodiversity and will continue to improve the area for the benefit of all our residents.’
Ward member for Cleeve Grange, Councillor Helen Munro, added: ‘This will be a wonderful local resource for Bishop’s Cleeve and it will be lovely to welcome in spring with the new wildflower meadow. I am so pleased at the outcome having worked tirelessly on behalf of local residents.’
Works at The Grangefield have been funded partly by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and partly by Tewkesbury Borough Council.