The Grangefield – an area of public open space in Bishop’s Cleeve – is enjoying the benefits of a comprehensive regeneration programme.
The site, owned and predominantly managed by Tewkesbury Borough Council, has undergone several significant improvements over the last few years, thanks to funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the council itself.
Following these improvements, the site, which comprises 4.5 hectares, now includes wetland, a wildflower meadow and an orchard, while walkways, pedestrian bridges and fencing around ponds have been installed to enable the public to fully appreciate this remarkable local amenity.
The work carried out proved to have several advantages: it has created a natural habitat for wildlife, led to enhanced biodiversity and reduced the flood risk in the area.
Taking note of feedback from residents, the council set up a team to address further improvements to the site. It established a programme of regular maintenance work to ensure grass areas are mowed frequently and wild areas are cleared of nettles and brambles, while plans to be implemented next include the installation of educational and interpretation signage.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Clean and Green Environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “The Grangefield is a wonderful local resource. It’s vital that it is kept well maintained, so I’m delighted with all the work that has been carried out.
“Our improvements have created a wildlife haven that everyone can enjoy. We are committed to enhancing biodiversity, and will continue to improve the area for the benefit of all our residents.”
Councillor Helen Munro, ward member for Cleeve Grange, said: “This will be a wonderful local resource for Bishops Cleeve and it will be lovely to welcome in spring with the new wildflower meadow. I am so pleased at the outcome having worked tirelessly on behalf of local residents.”