A brand new biodiversity-focused park costing £500,000 is to be created by South Gloucestershire Council at the former Warmley Pitch and Putt golf course to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee following a poll of local people.
The council allocated £500,000 through the budget earlier this year to boost biodiversity and nature recovery in the community whilst celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.
The new park will also serve as a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who was passionate about nature and protecting the natural environment.
Banjo Island and Tarzan Park were also listed as possibilities in the public consultation which was held to tie in with the Jubilee week celebrations.
The council says it received nearly 200 responses and the most popular choice was the Warmley site. Work will now begin to develop the plans for a new area where people can enjoy nature – as well as boost biodiversity – with a wildflower meadow and new trees part of the proposals.
The detailed findings of the questionnaire are yet to be published on the council’s website so it is not known how much support there was for the other options.
Today Cllr Rachael Hunt, Cabinet member responsible for communities and local place at the council, said: “I’m delighted that a location has now been chosen with help from local people and we can now begin progressing our plans for the open space. Since 2015 our total investment in public open spaces and local sports facilities has been almost £14m and our aim is for even more people to benefit from active lifestyles and to enjoy the nature we are lucky to have on our doorstep in our area.”
The council-led aims for the new Jubilee Park include:
- A space accessible for everyone, well connected and considering pedestrians first.
- Focus on biodiversity and nature recovery – a space for nature to thrive.
- Protecting plants and trees and existing biodiversity.
- Responding to the impacts of climate change.
- Responding to the needs and priorities of the local community.
- Ensuring that space is safe to use, stimulating and relaxing
- Good amenity facilities (such as paths, seating, waste bins, signage & interpretation).
- Improvements that will help drive other enhancements across the local area.