Help Ernesettle get fruity this half term!


People are being invited to help plant a wild hedge at Ernesettle Creek tomorrow (Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 February).

 The Active Neighbourhoods team will be at the creek planting the hedge with plants that will provide free, healthy, seasonal food including blackthorn, hawthorn, apple and plums.

Active Neighbourhoods has teamed up with the ‘Wild Hedges for an Urban Edge’ project to deliver this event.  The Tree Council has partnered with the Plymouth Tree Partnership to plant the ‘Wild Hedges for an Urban Edge’ as part of a programme funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Funding has been secured to improve access and biodiversity of the creek and Budshead Woods over the next two years and the team is keen to hear people’s views about what improvements are a priority by dropping in anytime between 10am and 3pm to have a chat.

Active Neighbourhoods was awarded £419,000 from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund to get cracking on a programme of health and community-related activities in and around woods and green spaces across the city.

The project is led by the Council and is delivered in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust and work intensively with residents in Stonehouse, Ernesettle, West Park and Honicknowle, St Budeaux,  Kings Tamerton, and Efford.

Volunteers are currently being recruited to set up friends groups to take more control of five natural green spaces of Teat’s Hill, Budshead Wood, Ernesettle Creek, Kings Tamerton Wood and Efford Marsh.

The groups are supported by Devon Wildilfe Trust and Plymouth City Council to develop their own improvement and management plans for the sites. Improvements to local green spaces are likely to include better access paths, more welcoming entrances and signage, along with more seating.

Plans will also be drawn up with residents aimed at making the spaces better for local birds, bats, bumblebees, butterflies and other wildlife. The project also promises to ensure that the wild locations will be given a securer future with better protection by planning laws.

The whole family is being invited to take part in the hedge planting and there will also be nature crafts and activities with a free cuppa and a biscuit. Dress up warm and wear sturdy boots or wellies and enjoy the natural world right in the heart of the city.

The Devon Wildlife Trust truck will be at Tangmere Avenue PL5 2SJ from 10am onwards.  The Active Neighbourhoods Team will be on hand all day.

Find out more on Facebook www.facebook.com/ActiveNeighbourhoodsproject or go to www.plymouth.gov.uk/parksnatureandgreenspace/natureeventsandactivitieseeventsandactivities