Managing Green Spaces in Stevenage

Stevenage benefits from large areas of green spaces as well as 240 acres of woodland areas throughout the town.

There are 72 areas of natural and semi-natural open space spread throughout the town. Stevenage has two countryside heritage sites, one regionally important geological site and 37 other designated wildlife sites.

There is a dedicated Green Space Strategy  to help effectively manage these areas and ensure that the quality/quantity of green space and its accessible nature is maintained and where appropriate, further enhanced.

Green Spaces Volunteers

Would you like to join a new green volunteer group and help undertake improvement works to community green spaces around the town?

The benefits of green volunteering are numerous:

  • It’s fun
  • It’s an opportunity to meet new people
  • You can learn new skills
  • It will improve your health and fitness
  • You’ll gain an appreciation of the natural environment in Stevenage.

Sessions will take place for three to four hours at weekends. Volunteers are welcome to attend for as much, or as little, time as they can afford. There may also be some opportunity for mid-week volunteering if there is enough interest.

We are encouraging people from all sectors of our community to volunteer and no previous experience is required. Children and young people are welcome, although volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We are currently finalising a programme for 2012/13, which may include:

  • Woodland management including ride maintenance and coppicing
  • Bulb planting
  • Ecological surveys
  • Improvements to ponds
  • Installation of bird and bat boxes.

Volunteers can also nominate future activities or sites.

If you are interested in volunteering please register your interest by sending your name, address, telephone number and email address to us at communications@stevenage.gov.uk

Biodiversity

View the council’s dedicated web page on biodiversity.

Biodiversity Action Plan for Stevenage

The vision of the Biodiversity Plan is to increase Stevenage’s biodiversity by conserving, restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife habitats, to increase awareness and appreciation of Stevenage’s wildlife, to encourage participation in conserving its biodiversity and to ensure that nature is close to everyone’s doorstep.

Meadow Verges come to Stevenage

A successful pilot to bring meadow grasses to swathes of grass verges throughout the town is set to grow following a successful pilot around some our main road verges.  Reducing the mowing regime has allowed meadow grasses and wild flowers to grow, which can be both attractive and benefit wildlife.

For further information contact Julia Hill on 01438 242900.

Allotments

Why not consider taking on an allotment. The benefits of having an allotment are many

  • environment benefits by providing green spaces and wildlife habitats
  • cheap source of fresh fruit and vegetables and therefore a healthy diet
  • less contact with pesticides etc if you grow organically
  • opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature
  • sense of achievement and well-being
  • giving your mind something positive to focus on
  • chance to learn
  • reduction in stress
  • chance to escape the pressures of modern living
  • helps community spirit and offers an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
  • gardening is a good form of exercise
  • a chance for children to learn where food comes from.

For more information visit the Allotment web page

Home Composting

It’s not as difficult as you think. Use these useful websites to learn more about the benefits of home composting.

Recyclenow.com - home composting