Habitat Cheltenham is a project that aims to create a network of biodiversity improvements across Cheltenham’s town centre. The project will improve 28 sites and invest £1.2million by 2021, with match-funding support from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund.
In order to make and measure these improvements, the project is focusing on providing for pollinators, and in particular, solitary bee species. The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are assisting the project by monitoring these species and the improvements. Meadow creation, tree planting, community orchard creation, pocket parks, rain gardens, perennial planting and bulb planting are just a few of the proposed improvements to be made.
Habitat Cheltenham is part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s commitment to:
- The climate emergency
- The Gloucestershire Green Infrastructure Pledge
- Our 2019-2023 corporate plan
- Recent findings in the independent resident satisfaction survey that 86% of respondents support increasing biodiversity in Cheltenham’s green spaces and to use more plants that support pollinating insects.
The map below highlights the areas of focus for Habitat Cheltenham. The first site to be completed was on the High Street with two raised beds, and we anticipate the next site, Winston Churchill Memorial Garden community orchard, to be delivered in early 2020.