Tag Archives : nature


Using nature to keep the grass short

Plymouth’s grass land could be covered in yellow rattle as part of an experiment to use nature to keep the grass short in urban areas. Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust have been harvesting yellow rattle seed from Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve and they plan to use the seed to sow in grasslands […]


Plymouth’s joint bid with Malaga to tackle climate change impact

Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Malaga City Council in Spain in an exciting project to find ways of getting nature to fight the impact of climate change. The two cities will be bidding for around €10 million – or £7.5 million – to help fund this important work, which if successful, could be […]


Land reserved for country park

Another significant milestone on the road to create a huge country park in Plymouth has been made, thanks to an important land deal. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is to transfer ownership of the entire Bircham Valley Nature Reserve to the Council so that it can be part of the new Derriford Community Park. An executive […]


Wild About Plymouth featured in book celebrating innovation

Wild About Plymouth, the family natural history programme run by the City Museum and Art Gallery, is featured in a new book highlighting innovative approaches to community engagement. The programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, was established by staff from the Museum’s natural history and learning teams. It offers a natural history or science based event […]


Active Neighbourhoods officially launched

People living in Plymouth will be embracing healthier lifestyles and enjoying nature on their doorstep thanks to a new, three year project that will make five local green spaces better for people and wildlife. The Active Neighbourhoods project was officially launched at the Woods, Waves and Wild Places conference, organised by Plymouth City Council. Present […]


If you go down to the woods today – take an explorer’s pack

Families will be able to download fabulous facts for foraging and exploring woodlands where they live as part of a fantastic initiative. The ‘Woodland explorer’ pack has just been launched and features facts on how to explore woodlands using fun wildlife investigations and craft activities. It includes guides to identifying flora and fauna in our woods as […]


Schools asked ‘what’s in your woods?’

Schools around Plymouth will be heading to city woodlands, beaches and local parks for a day of fun and educational activities with a host of Plymouth organisations and volunteers. The events taking place on Wednesday 8 July have been organised by Plymouth City Council as part of the Natural Connections project that it hosts in […]


Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day. Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency. From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via […]


Hoping to ‘a-tractor’ great apprentice farmer …

One of the most unusual apprenticeship opportunities in the country is up for grabs in Plymouth – to be an apprentice farmer. Plymouth City Council and Duchy College are looking for an apprentice farmer to run a farm within the city as part of an exciting project to create a 100-acre country park. The successful […]


Get sowing wildflowers in the city centre

Work to transform North Cross roundabout into a wildflower haven continues with a mass seed sowing session. Last week parts of the grassed areas were cleared, leaving the city centre site looking more like a ploughed field. On Wednesday 8 April, people of all ages are being invited to come and help sow wildflower seed […]


Education hub brings the countryside to Plymouth

Careers in countryside skills, animal husbandry and horticulture will open up to Plymouth’s young people, thanks to exciting plans to bring Duchy College to the city. Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) and Plymouth City Council plan to create a ‘Derriford Environmental Education Hub’ in the 140-hectare community park planned for the […]


Wildflower haven for city centre roundabout

A slice of the countryside will soon be springing up at North Cross roundabout in Plymouth city centre as work starts on creating a wildflower haven. Grassy banks and verges within the roundabout area are to be tilled to plant an mix of seed including cornflower, corn marigold, poppies, ox-eye daisy, red campion and white […]


Carry out a check-up of the Plymouth Plan

Residents, businesses and organisations are being asked to see if their views have been taken into account in the first draft of the Plymouth Plan. The plan sets out an ambitious agenda what Plymouth could be like in 2031 and covers a range of subjects such as health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, arts […]


City to Sea project is runner-up for Grow Wild England flagship site

Plymouth’s City to Sea project has been named as a runner-up for the Grow Wild England flagship site, after a four-week voting campaign that saw nearly 65,000 votes cast. Led by Plymouth City Council, the City to Sea project aimed to reinvigorate the city centre with a striking kilometre-long wild flower corridor and over 12,500 […]


Sea of Poppies for City to Sea in Plymouth?

A sea of poppies could be planted on the walk towards the Hoe’s war memorial as part of the exciting City to Sea project to bring wildflowers into the heart of Plymouth. More details and images of what could be a spectacular wildflower tribute to Plymouth’s proud military past are being unveiled as support for […]


Ham residents urged to muck in for makeover

Residents living in Ham are being asked to muck in and help sort out tired and drab areas in their neighbourhood. Land at Tewkesbury Close, Buckfast Close and along Careswell Avenue could be getting a makeover to help make the area a more attractive place to live. The Council, working with Plymouth Community Homes, has […]


Please don’t feed the gulls campaign launch

Plymouth City Council and the City Centre Company are joining forces to campaign against a growing menace – seagulls. Gulls are becoming unwanted dinner guests at more and more outside eating places, stealing food from tables, plates – and even from people’s hands. Now the Council and the businesses are working together to try to […]


Wild About Plymouth starts the summer with a Big Bug Hunt

Wild About Plymouth, the city’s family-friendly natural history partnership, is running a Giant Big Bug Hunt at Ford Park Cemetery on Saturday 19 July. The cemetery, which is steeped in history, is also a 34.5-acre urban wildlife refuge and home to a wide variety of plant, bird and insect life. Wild About Plymouth will help […]


New Walking Guide for Co-operative Way

Plymouth’s hidden nature reserves and fascinating fortresses take centre stage in a new walking guide for the Co-operative Way. Plymouth City Council has updated a guide for the 15-mile circular walking route which runs around the north of the city. The Co-operative Way was initially established by the Plymouth and West Devon Co-operative Society in […]


‘An Epic Fishy Tale’ on the beach at Devil’s Point

Making costumes, rehearsing lines, weaving fish…the community of Stonehouse is creating an unforgettable theatrical experience at Devil’s Point this month. ‘An Epic Fishy Tale’ is a play about a little fish that goes on an extraordinary journey of discovery from moor to shore and will highlight the rich biodiversity around the beach at Devil’s Point. […]


City schools go wild in the woods

Six Plymouth schools will be heading to a city woodland for a week of fun and educational activities with a host of Plymouth organisations and volunteers. Plymouth City Council’s Stepping Stones to Nature team is running the event in Woodland Woods, Whitleigh, from Monday 30 June until Friday 4 July. The Summer Woodland Woods Week […]


Families buzzing about free events inspired by bee exhibition

Plymouth University will be a hive of activity on Saturday 17 May when it hosts two fun family-friendly events inspired by an exhibition about bees. Bee Happy will be led by the Wild About Plymouth team – a partnership between the City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth University, which organises a natural history or science-based event each […]


Plymouth pioneers highway havens for bees

Some of Plymouth’s roadside verges will be changing this month to prepare for some ‘V.I.Bee’ guests in a pioneering project. The Council is thought to be the first local authority to create bee verges – which are specifically designed to appeal to pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies. The highway havens will have low-growing […]


Nature gets reserved for future generations

Two of Plymouth’s woodlands are to get extra legal protection to preserve them and keep them for future generations to enjoy. Ham Woods and Radford Woods are to be designated Local Nature Reserves, meaning over 75 new hectares – that’s 75 football pitches of woodland –  will be protected from development and ensure the city’s […]