Green spaces in Exeter

Exeter’s green spaces benefit people and wildlife

A new funding arrangement is set to enhance some of Exeter’s
most important green spaces. Approximately £250 000 has been
secured by Exeter City Council to manage the Exeter Valley Parks
including Ludwell, Riverside and Mincinglake.

Exeter Valley Parks provide access to high quality green space
on the doorstep of the city’s residents and the new funding
agreement is the first substantial step in the delivery of the
Exeter Green Infrastructure Strategy. This aims to improve, enhance
and create a connected network of high quality green spaces for
people and wildlife in Exeter and includes plans for new green
spaces in the Clyst Valley and the proposed settlement at
Cranbrook.

The injection of resources provided through Natural England’s
Environmental Stewardship scheme will make a huge difference to the
Council’s ability to manage these green spaces successfully.
Improvements will benefit a range of wildlife and the thousands of
people who use the Valley Parks to exercise, walk their dog, get
close to wildlife or just unwind on a summer’s evening. The new
funding will provide an annual payment for the next 10 years, as
well as one-off grants for capital works.

Mat Carter, Natural England Area Manager for Cornwall and Devon
said: “In this, the UN International Year of Biodiversity, we are
particularly pleased to secure this agreement. As well as improving
access for people, it will also provide new habitat for one of
England’s rarest birds, the cirl bunting, right in the heart of the
city. Part of the funding will be allocated to create bird seed
plots, flower-rich grasslands and well-managed hedgerows that
provide winter and summer food as well as nesting places for these
special birds.”

Councillor Kevin Mitchell, portfolio holder for Environment
& Leisure at Exeter City Council said: “The Valley Parks are
wonderful green breathing-spaces in the City and we are lucky to
have them. This green-farming grant will help us to enrich the
wildlife for everyone to enjoy.”

For more details contact Martin Gershon at Natural England on
07900 608364