Report shows that wildlife biodiversity is being encouraged in Portsmouth


Tens of thousands more trees, as well as new wildflower and meadow areas have been planted in the last few years thanks to action by Lib Dem councillors

Kimberly Barrett, cabinet member for tackling Climate Change and Leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson at Milton ParkCombatting and reversing the decline in biodiversity is a high priority for Portsmouth Liberal Democrats. The work is part of our commitment to address the climate crisis and ensure that we meet our target for our city to be carbon neutral by 2030.

 

Below is an update on the work so far from 2018 when we regained control of the council.

There is loads more to do and if you have any ideas of things that would work in your area, please email [email protected] and we will pass on your ideas to your local Lib Dem ward councillors.

On the city’s housing estates…

Area

Plants, shrubs & native hedging

No. of Trees

No. of Daffodil Bulbs

Somerstown

2,000

170

22,390

Paulsgrove

2,000

16

47,000

Landport & Portsea

2,800

167

128,850

Buckland

23,500

330

118,900

Total

30,300

684

317,140

In addition, the following wildflower and meadow areas are sown each year, starting between 2018 and 2021:

  • Baffins ward: Copnor Bridge, the junction of St Mary's Road and Milton Road at Kingston Prison, Tamworth Park    
  • Central Southsea ward: Devonshire Avenue
  • Charles Dickens ward: Lake Road, Queens Street
  • Copnor ward: College Park, Althorpe Drive, Copnor Road
  • Cosham ward: Portsmouth Road          
  • Drayton and Farlington ward: Zetland Field, Eastern Road roundabout
  • Eastney and Craneswater ward: Canoe Lake
  • Milton ward: Bransbury Park, Bransbury Gardens, St James' Green, Milton Park
  • Nelson ward: Mills Road
  • Paulsgrove ward: Hempsted Green          
  • St Jude ward: Clarendon Gardens, Western Parade, Southsea Castle Moat, Rock Gardens, Ladies Mile
  • St Thomas ward: Pembroke Triangle

The following areas are being trialled for 're-wilding:' being left to allow development of natural grassland / wildflowers, rather than being subject to a regular mowing regime

  • Copnor ward: East Bastion (seaward side),
  • Cosham ward: Langstone Gardens
  • Fratton ward: Kingston Rec play area
  • Hilsea ward: Alexandra Park sports field
  • Milton ward: behind Glasgow Road, Kingsley Road
  • Nelson ward: Stamshaw Park
  • St Jude ward: Duisburg Way, Pyramids (seaward side), Clarence Parade car park
  • St Thomas ward: Long Curtain banks (north and south facing), Pembroke Gardens, Pier Road (near Clarence sports ground)

Wildflowers are also being explored for South East Hampshire Rapid Transit schemes and, though the PFI (Colas), the M275 Mile End junction, the Spur Road roundabout and Oakhurst Gardens.

In addition, Council has turned about two hectares of Portsdown Hill - south of Kintyre Road, in the area around Cliffdale Gardens, the main viewpoint car park area and areas near Fort Widley - into a managed countryside site.

There are also a range of sites where different regimes have been pursued since May 2018. These include:

  • Western Fort Cumberland
  • Milton Common
  • Foxes Forest at Hilsea Lines
  • Farlington Triangle, home to one of the few natural populations of water voles in Hampshire.
  • Sites affected by the sea defence project: Anchorage Park, Langstone Harbour, Milton Common and Tipner

We are currently looking a developing more projects in the following locations:

  • Wild flower turf at Atherstone Walk
  • A large meadow area and - with help from the Portsmouth District Bee Keeping association - a bee hive for Gloucester Terrace
  • Wild flower meadows at Kingston Road
  • A new meadow at Princes Place
  • Living walls at Grafton Street and Estella Road
  • Make the successful return of Landport Community Garden the first step towards encouraging council residents to 'grow their own'

Ward councillors have also been working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Portsmouth initiative, which has seen various initiatives delivered including:

  • Councillor Suzy Horton and former Councillor Steve Pitt in Fawcett Road and Frances Annie Place
  • Cllrs Darren Sanders and Lynne Stagg backing Tamworth Road residents and helping local people create wildflower meadows at Tamworth Park and exploring another one on Edenbridge Road.

Council approved its Greening Strategy in March 2020, which included a commitment to planting 30,000 more trees across the city by 2030.

In the spring of 2021, the Cabinet also approved a new Community Greening Fund and congratulations go to the first 3 successful grant winners!

Bramble Infant School plans for a range of activities, including growing its own food, making its lessons more nature-oriented and encouraging children and parents to look after the trees and wildlife areas they will create, as well as greening their school site.

Squidmoo are running a project to replace disposable cups in coffee shops with compostable ones at sites across the city.

Jetsam Tech, is using digital tech to help map where plastics collects around our coastline to better inform clean-ups.  

As Lib Dems, we believe in empowering our communities to make the changes they want to see and are delighted that this new initiative is already attracting successful bids.

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