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Nature Recovery project

We’re transforming 11 urban parks to enhance their potential for wildlife and inspire local residents into nature.

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Improving your local community park

Building on our work in three Pilot Parks as part of our Future Parks project, eight more parks have been selected for our Nature Recovery project with the aim to help to create a nature recovery network across our local area.

We’ll increase habitat for wildlife to give animals, insects, and birds more options for homes and food and make it easier for wildlife to find places they can thrive.

We’ll be making physical improvements in the parks, delivering inspiring activities for residents to connect with nature on their doorstep, and empowering communities with opportunities to get involved.

Help wildlife thrive

Wildflowers, bulbs, ponds and trees not only give our urban parks a pop of colour, they provide essential support systems for butterflies, bees and other wildlife. We’re on a mission to help wildlife recover. More than 70% of our butterflies have disappeared over the last ten years and some bee species are near extinction. In fact, the rate of extinction for insects is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Please donate today and help us plant more wild and native flowers across our parks so our butterflies and bees can flourish.

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Share your thoughts

We’re making plans for the eight new parks. Click on the park names below to view the plans.

We’d love to hear what you think – take our short survey to share your thoughts.

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Get involved – events in your local park

Our Parks Activators run events in each of the parks. Check out our events page to see what’s on in your nearest park, or download the programme by clicking on the park names below.

Want to make a bird box or learn about moths? Plant vegetables in our community gardens or sow wildflower meadows?

We have activities for everyone, come and join in the fun.

Alexandra Park was selected as one of our Pilot Parks. We’ve been running activities and making improvements in the park during 2021 – one focus has been creating a community garden in front of the pavilion with the help of our GreenFingers volunteers. We’ll continue this work throughout 2022.

May activities programme

Park masterplan

The Activator at Alexandra Park is Josh Clarke.

Find out more about our work in the Pilot Parks as part of the Future Parks Project.

Branksome Recreation Ground has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. One of our ideas is creating a new wetland garden in an area of the park which usually floods. The garden would be full of wetland planting including flowering perennials to encourage bees and butterflies. We’d also hope to introduce more meadow planting and more native hedgerow further along the park, creating more habitat for birds and other wildlife.

May activities programme

Park plan

The Activator at Branksome Recreation Ground is Daniel McLaughlin.

Haskells Recreation Ground has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. We’d love to improve the park for wildlife by planting bulbs, wildflowers, and hedgerow to provide more habitat and food for birds and other wildlife.

May activities programme

The Activator at Haskells Recreation Ground is Josh Clarke.

Jumpers Common has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. We have lots of ideas for improvements which could be made to help wildlife thrive in the park and encourage vital pollinators.

May activities programme

The Activator at Jumpers Common is Melinda McCheyne.

Kinson Manor Playing Fields has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. We would like to create a wildlife garden in one corner of the park to create homes and food for birds, insects and animals, and we would like to add bird boxes for swallows.

The Activator at Kinson Manor Playing Fields is Anna Devine.

Muscliff Park has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. One vision we’d love to see in the park is to reintroduce and replant the old historic hedgeline which would create a wildlife corridor to the rest of the park, helping wildlife to move more freely.

May activities programme

The Activator at Muscliff Park is Anna Campbell.

Pelhams Park has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. We would like to focus on planting blossoming trees in the park which will have berries for birds and other wildlife to eat. We would also like to introduce more native hedgerow and understory planting which are the plants that grow underneath the trees.

May activities programme

Park plan

The Activator at Pelhams Park is Anna Devine.

Slades Farm has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. One of our ideas is to create foraging plots which would have fruit and nut trees for the community to access. We would also like to plant blossoming trees and create a storytelling area for visitors to enjoy.

May activities programme

Park plan

The Activator at Slades Farm is Daniel McLaughlin.

Strouden Park has been selected as one of the parks for our Nature Recovery project. We have lots of ideas for improvements which could be made to help create more homes and food for birds, insects and mammals.

The Activator at Strouden Park is Anna Campbell.

Watermans Park was selected as one of our Pilot Parks. We’ve been running activities and making improvements in the park during 2021 – we’ve held Nature Tots groups, planted wildflowers, and created a more visible entrance to the park to welcome visitors. We’ll continue this work throughout 2022.

May activities programme

Park masterplan

The Activator at Watermans Park is Melinda McCheyne.

Find out more about our work in the Pilot Parks as part of the Future Parks Project.

Winton Recreation Ground was selected as one of our Pilot Parks. We’ve been running activities and making improvements in the park during 2021 – we’ve planted wildflowers and trees, enhanced the sensory garden, created a community garden, made improvements to the Winton Park Café and much more. We’ll continue this work throughout 2022.

May activities programme

Park plan (updated for 2022)

All of our Activators are involved at Winton Recreation Ground.

Find out more about our work in the Pilot Parks as part of the Future Parks Project.

Nature Recovery Parks map

Get in touch

Visit our staff page to find out more about our experienced Parks Activators.

Thanks to our funders

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