Nature havens are being created across Peterborough to help improve biodiversity.
The city council is working with Amey to create several havens. Signs have been put up in the areas to inform people that the grass is being left to grow as part of the council’s biodiversity strategy. Creating areas of taller vegetation provides vital habitats for a wide range of insects such as grasshoppers, crickets and moths, and cover for small mammals, which in turn provide food for birds. Allowing plants to flower for longer also creates additional sources of nectar for insects such as bees and butterflies. Pathways will be cut into the long grassy areas so people can walk through them and children can hunt for bugs.
Nature havens will be created in eight areas:
- Tenter Hill Open Space, Stanground (at the end of North Street close to the river)
- Reeves Way Recreation Ground, Reeves Way
- Land north of Bluebell Avenue and Lavender Crescent, Werrington
- Werrington Recreation Ground (south of Barnes Way, west of Cissbury Ring)
- Gunthorpe Recreation Ground (open space between Gunthorpe Road and Hallfields Lane)
- Thorpe Meadows, Thorpe Gate (field off Thorpe Meadows)
- Potters Way, Fengate (next to the road leading to the river from Potters Way)
- Hartwell Way, Ravensthorpe
The scheme will mean that just over two per cent of the council’s maintained grassland in the city will become biodiversity areas. The areas are all open grassland and not used as sports pitches. They will be cut once a year.
Creating these areas also has the added benefit of helping to save taxpayers’ money. When combined with a new grass cutting service, which will see the grass cut back on a three-week cycle, as opposed to when it reaches a certain length, the council will save £136,000.