Welcome to Green Corridor Green Infrastructure Projects
The Green Corridors enhanced by the GI projects will help enhance or create rich habitats, which act as “stepping stones” for wildlife (such as pollinators and birds) to find shelter or food in our urban areas. These corridors enable the development of resilient ecosystems which can: support community wellbeing, help deal with climate change, provide clean air, store carbon, provide flooding solutions and create access to nature on our doorsteps.
Urban spaces are becoming increasingly more important in supporting our wildlife. Green Corridors can link our urban spaces with the larger nature reserves/landscapes which surround our towns, benefitting both biodiversity and the local community.
Proposal for Sites 23/24
We would like to update residents and stakeholders on the Green Corridor Green Infrastructure (GI) Project, and give you an opportunity to give us your further feedback on the project. Monmouthshire County Council has been awarded Welsh Government funding via the Gwent Green Grid Partnership, to design between 15-20 small and medium sized Green Infrastructure Projects in Abergavenny, Monmouth, Magor with Undy and Rogiet.
Green Corridors have been mapped out for our main settlements. These corridors will link up existing green spaces which support both wildlife movement and community wellbeing, and also identify where there are gaps in the corridors. The GI projects will create more resilient ecosystems, be delivered in the 2023/24 financial year and funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund.
We have selected the current sites to take forward at this time, based on feedback received from our extensive community consultation with community councils and local interest groups, when creating our Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy.
We would really appreciate further feedback from the community and stakeholders. The questionnaire is now closed, but if you have any questions about the Green Corridor Green Infrastructure Projects please contact LocalNature@Monmouthshire.gov.uk.
Biodiversity Enhancement Examples
These provide cover and food for birds, small mammals and insects. They are linear features so are good links and often hide an unsightly fence or wall.
Trees provide food and cover for birds (in particular) and importantly they can provide a series of ‘stepping stones’ of cover across an extensive paved area, as well as providing shade and colour for residents.
Many of our grasslands are very limited in their biodiversity. Swards that contain wildflowers provide rich habitats for insects, and in particular, bees. Cutting the grass less frequently and taking the cuttings away is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of increasing the ecological value of an area.
Woodlands change all the time and need to be managed to maintain them as dynamic, wildlife friendly environments. This means cutting back some growth and planting of new trees, shrubs and wildflowers including bulbs.
Habitats can be enhanced by the provision of suitable spaces for wildlife to live and raise their young. These include bat and bird boxes for species including Swifts and Owls. Reptiles, insects and amphibians need somewhere to hide when they are inactive and hibernacula, often constructed from logs or rocks can provide this. These features are best located away from people and pets, but they are an important way of improving the attractiveness of an area for wildlife.
Thank you for taking the time to feedback on the projects! Please contact us at LocalNature@Monmouthshire.gov.uk if you have any further questions.
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