Keyham's Greenspace Plan taking root


Keyham’s Greenspace Plan taking root

Keyham’s green spaces are improving. Following various consultations with residents plans have been drawn up to make these areas safer, more welcoming and accessible and better for wildlife.

Over the next couple of years visitors to Alexandra Park, North Down Crescent Park, Marley Park, Knowle Avenue and Linear Park will be able to see the improvements thanks to funding from the Home Office’s Safer Keyham grant and Plymouth-based project Green Minds.

“At the start of the year residents shared their thoughts through the Keyham Greenspace Plan survey,” said Hayley Partridge of Green Minds. “The draft designs were received positively and confirmed they did reflect the key priorities and needs of the Keyham community. Many residents commented that they loved the mix of areas for wildlife and people and were thankful for how the community ideas had been incorporated into the designs.”

You can see the Keyham Greenspace Plan draft designs here.

Following previous bulb-planting activities in North Down Crescent Park with the local mini-police groups and the Get Up & Go Community Nursery, Green Minds will be delivering the plan along with a local landscaping firm and key community groups.

Improvements to local green spaces will be phased in over the next couple of years as it takes time for wildflower and trees to establish. But this spring residents will notice a variety of changes including path improvements in Knowle Avenue and North Down Crescent Park, vegetation thinning along Marley Park and natural play equipment added to some of the greenspaces.

From mid-March tree planting and wildflower sowing took place in some of the green spaces and there was community fruit tree planting in Knowle Avenue alongside work with the 1st Keyham Scout Group to create a hedgerow. You can read more about the new orchard here.

Green Minds is also working with the mini-police from Keyham Barton Catholic Primary, Drake Primary and Ford Primary to create a small wildflower area in North Down Crescent Park. You can read more about their good work here.

You can play your part by getting involved in one of the forthcoming community events that includes:

  • A Big Day Out in Keyham. On Monday, 11 April (10am to 5pm) at Keyham Green Places join Green Minds alongside Black Dog Honeybees and Keyham Krafties for wildlife-themed activities and wildflower seed sowing at Alexandra Park. More details coming soon.

Watch this space for more opportunities to get involved with bulb, tree and wildflower planting this autumn and winter.