Published on 1st November 2019

mass of grass and wild flowers including poppies, daisies and cornflowers

Benhall open space is set to benefit from an area of wildflower planting following consultation with residents.

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Wildflower meadows naturally produce a biodiverse habitat, supporting birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife species.

On the whole, respondents to the survey showed their support for the creation of wildflower meadows. However, many were also keen to protect the space for activities such as children’s play, family events and dog walking. With this in mind, the council have made alterations to the initial proposal and will plant in a smaller area.

Malcolm Walls, green space development officer said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation for their views and comments. It’s been great to find out how the local community uses the space, as we can now design it to benefit the people and environment. As a result of the feedback, we have significantly reduced the scale of the proposal (by over half) to provide more space for walking, playing, exercising dogs, fitness, sledging, community events and more. I’m looking forward to seeing the wildlife thrive in the years to come.”

The council is looking at seeding the area when there is a suitable window in the weather, so that it’s ready for flowering next summer.

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment added “Benhall open space is much loved and very popular with the community. I am pleased that we are able to deliver this project and bring further enhancements to the area.”

Benhall open space is one of four sites in Cheltenham that has been chosen to benefit from the Gloucester City Council’s urban greening projects, which aim to enhance 250 hectares of habitat across Gloucestershire. Part-funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, the meadow creation scheme will improve one of Cheltenham’s many green spaces, while also following the Cheltenham Borough Council’s climate change agenda.

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Notes to editors

Overall results of consultation:

25% of respondents fully supported the proposal as presented

64% of respondents supported the creation of meadows on a reduced scale

11% of respondents objected to the proposal.