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PEOPLE are being asked to give their feedback to nature recovery plans at Christchurch's Jumpers Common park.

BCP Council and the Parks Foundation have been given £224,000 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to boost habitats and in seven of its parks.

The Nature Recovery Project plans, which are on display in Jumpers Common park, are to enhance wildlife-rich sites and improve the parks overall.

Jumpers Common park could have a new Nature Recovery project created
Jumpers Common park could have a new Nature Recovery project created

Monthly activities to engage the community will include nature crafts, making bird, bat, hedgehog and bee homes.

Cllr Mark Anderson, cabinet member for environment and place, said: "I am continually astonished by the magnificent wildlife in our local region as I explore our parks and open spaces, from the swifts in the air to the orchids on the heath.

“Not only is being outside and connecting with nature known to improve our health and wellbeing, it also allows us to explore and discover the wonders in our local area, which is why I’m encouraging all our residents to fill in this survey.

“We want to find out how everyone currently connects with each park and what they think of our proposed plans, and of course let us know what they would like to see in the parks.

"This knowledge will enable us to enhance and shape the future of these seven parks to benefit the whole community, as well as increase the biodiversity in each park."

The Parks Foundation’s nature recovery project manager, Stephen Concar, added: “This project is progressing well, and we’re delighted to share the plans with BCP residents.

"We aim to improve the parks for people and wildlife, and we’re eager to hear the thoughts of local communities.

“It’s so important to protect and enhance all our green spaces, including trying new ideas such as green roofs which are a beacon for bees and butterflies in the future, and I’m excited to create similar environments in urban parks for all to enjoy and appreciate.”

To view the plans, take part in the survey, which runs until 1st September 2022, and find out more visit parksfoundation.org.uk/nature-recovery/

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