Council to protect more of the city’s valuable green spaces


We’re designating three new nature reserves.

Three new green spaces in Plymouth are to receive special protection by being designated as Local Nature Reserves.

The City Council is to designate Kings Tamerton Woods, Newnham Meadows and Seaton and Lower Bircham Valley as reserves, providing legal protection for a further 48 hectares of habitats that include woodland, grassland wetland and streams. The announcement comes as the city celebrates our green spaces with events throughout Love Parks Week (13 – 22 July).

The designations will mean Plymouth will have a total of 13 Local Nature Reserves protecting 302 hectares, taking the city above the Natural England’s Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard for the UK.

The Cabinet is planning to invest £83,000 in the three new reserves, which will be funded through contributions from developers (Section106/development contributions) and existing greenspace budgets.

Further funding and partnership work are also planned to expand biodiversity of the Lower Bircham and Seaton Valley site through species re-introduction programmes, which will include beavers and water voles.

Nature reserve plans include the reintroduction of beavers, and water voles.

A report to the Council’s Cabinet says the new designations will more than make up for the planned de-designation of small parts of the Forder Valley and Bircham Valley Local Nature Reserve sites. This allows the Council to deliver significant transport infrastructure schemes as the forthcoming Forder Valley Link Road and Morlaix Drive/Brest Road Improvement schemes.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “Plymouth is fortunate to have some amazing green spaces and wildlife and we are committed to looking after them and ensuring people can enjoy them.

“The new designations will safeguard some of our most important spaces for future generations.

“It will ensure the city’s valuable green lungs are maintained for the community’s enjoyment and the benefit of the city’s wildlife.”

  • A consultation event takes place at Newnham Meadows Park (off Bridle Close), PL7 5LF on Thursday 12 July 2018 from 5.30pm to 7pm and is open to all, or you can also email wildlife@plymouth.gov.uk to find out more.

To find out more about Love Parks Week events including bike rides, litter picks and bat walks, click here or search #LoveParksPlym on Twitter or Facebook.