Improving the district’s biodiversity and helping our wildlife

Improving the district’s biodiversity and helping our wildlife

We are trialling a new project in some of our open spaces to improve the district’s biodiversity and help our wildlife.

Our rewilding project will trial different ways of mowing the grass by introducing wildflowers to some of our parks and recreational areas. The addition of wildflower meadows will not only make these areas more visually appealing, but will also benefit wildlife and insects which pollinate our food crops by providing them with food, shelter and areas for species to breed. Wildflower areas also provide an excellent food source for seed eating birds in the winter.

Responses to last year’s Open Space Strategy consultation showed residents want us to make changes to improve and encourage more biodiversity. We hope our trial will inspire residents to think about what they can do in their own gardens.

Residents can find more information on rewilding urban areas through the Rewilding Britain campaign, the Blue Campaign and the Royal Horticultural Society.  

We’ll be trialling our rewilding project in parts of the following open spaces:

  • Hambledon Park, Caterham.
  • Queens Park, Caterham.
  • Talbot Road recreation ground, Lingfield.
  • Broadham Green, Tanhouse Road, Oxted.
  • Hurst Green (by St Agatha’s Hall).
  • Tatsfield Green, Ricketts Hill Road, Tatsfield.
  • Farleigh Common, Warlingham.
  • Mint Walk open space, Warlingham.



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