Green Infrastructure for Growth aims to improve the conservation status of at least 35 hectares of habitat in urban areas across Cornwall.  The project increases local natural capital; enhances environments for the community and visitors and contributes to the health and wellbeing of deprived communities.  It is also unlocking business opportunities through improved quality environments and helping local communities to increase use and access to local greenspaces.

Stunning meadow at Trenoweth Estate, Aug 2018

As part of the design phase, project has taken advice from bodies such as Disability Cornwall, Age Concern and local community groups, ensuring socially inclusive access for all. It was coupled with measures to increase community awareness of improved greenspaces and improve links between green infrastructure assets and community hubs such as key housing estates, retail areas and schools.

The creation of wild flower meadows has increased natural habitat for bees, trees, bugs and hedgehogs. The town green spaces now provide pollinator habitat, shade, valuable flood protection and pollution control as well as make them more attractive and interesting places to relax and spend time.  These spaces now create opportunities for lifelong learning and increase opportunities for volunteering and Citizen Science initiatives.  It is intended that these space will also unlock business opportunities, such as cafes or exercise classes.

The Green Infrastructure for Growth Project has been expanded to a second phase through funding from ERDF. Find out more about the Green Infrastructure for Growth Project 2 here.

The Green Infrastructure for Growth project has been highlighted by the Wildlife Trusts as part of  the network of initiatives taking place nationally to support the protection of insects. Download the Wildlife Trusts’ Reversing the Decline of Insects Report.