Wildflower meadows, tree planting and bat and bird boxes will be introduced at sites across Wolverhampton thanks to a funding boost of more than £600,000. The environmental improvements will be made at three locations, Fowlers Park in the city centre, Ward Street in Bilston and Pendeford Park, and aim to increase biodiversity, improve access and encourage visitors.
The work is being carried out as part of the Black Country Blue Network 2 project which aims to improve 119 hectares of green space linked by the local canal and river network. Black Country Blue Network is a partnership project between City of Wolverhampton Council, Walsall Council, Dudley Council, Canal & River Trust and Severn Rivers Trust.
Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Whilst this tranche of funding is not being aimed at Wednesfield. I am sure that we in this part of the City, will give it a burst of clapping for its intentions. We know from the Wildflower work that has taken place in Ashmore Park, and the contribution that wildflowers make to our own fantastic Wyrley and Essington Canal, which itself is also our incredible Local Nature Reserve.
Greening our City is the way forward, the great work the volunteers make to our Wednesfield Village economy through the Wednesfield in Bloom project is a pointer. It really is important that creating ‘Green’ environments, is recognised, and that it really does work in a multitude of ways!”