Green Infrastructure Projects
Monmouthshire County Council’s Green Infrastructure team works on a range of projects. In 2020 and early 2021 we delivered a range of Green Infrastructure (GI) improvements in the eastern part of Caldicot town as part of the Council’s Green Connections project, part funded by the Welsh Government, which follows on from the redevelopment of the town centre Cross area. GI improvements were made along a selection of green route ways and in parks and amenity spaces in Caldicot which form important Active Travel routes through the town.
The GI improvements made included planting almost 3000 native hedge whips, 111 native and ornamental specimen trees, 22 fruit trees, 386 native and ornamental shrubs, 486 native and ornamental flowering plants, over 8000 mixed bulbs, as well as laying 334m2 of wildflower turf, seeding an area of 1065m2 with pictorial meadow flowerseed mix and enhancing a further 1630m2 with wildflower meadow seed mix. Species native to the UK were chosen to benefit pollinators and indigenous wildlife and additionally some ornamental species were planted that were also beneficial.
Additionally a new wildplay area was created in Cas Troggi Park and educational sessions on GI were delivered to Castle Park primary school, whose pupils then helped to illustrate new interpretation on GI and its benefits that were installed around the town.
This work will provide a range of benefits such as providing food for pollinators, create habitat for wildlife, absorb carbon, reduce air pollution, encourage more people to participate in active travel around Caldicot on foot and bike, enable more people to be informed about the benefits of GI, provide sources of food and make the area more pleasant for Caldicot residents and visitors.