Space Park Leicester embraces nature with £20,000 biodiversity project

More than 2,000 tree and bush species as well as 9,000 UK local forest bulbs to be planted.

The grounds of a research and advancement focus to help Leicester's quick developing space industry are to be changed into a natural life cordial zone by October.


In excess of 2,500 tree and bush species will be planted around the University of Leicester's

Space Park Leicester to further develop the site's biodiversity esteems and improve the land for people in the future.


Over the course of the following two months, 9,000 UK local forest bulbs and a broad measure of wildflower seeds will likewise be planted to tidy up the Ellis Meadows Spinney that encompasses the recreation centre.


Creating habitats for animals

As part of the project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC),

a number of self-seeded trees will be removed, however they will be repurposed to help

create hedgehog friendly habitats. Removing the trees allows the woodland to breathe and

increases the value to wildlife.

The renovated grounds will also transform views for users of Space Park Leicester and the

local community which surrounds the riverside site, close to the National Space Centre.


Dan Easters, University of Leicester’s Assistant Gardens and Grounds Manager, said:

“Turning these areas into a wildlife haven will be great for Space Park Leicester

going forward.


“Supporting the local environment is a great way to encourage different habitats to the

site.”


He added: “We believe that this project will have a real positive impact on both the local

wildlife population and also the local community which surrounds Space Park Leicester.


"The £20,000 native planting project is already well underway, having been approved by

Leicester City Council, with the land being owned by the local authority.


Leicester Deputy City Mayor for Environment and Transportation, Cllr Adam Clarke said:

“The Space Park project has helped put Leicester on the map in terms of innovation and

technology, and transforming the grounds by hugely improving its biodiversity is a fantastic

element of the project.


“Much of the area is reclaimed former industrial land which has been vastly improved by

the development of the Space Park, and this latest stage of environmental work will create a

haven for wildlife for generations to come.”


The scheme is in-line with the Universities Biodiversity Policy; Design Guide, which focuses on urban and green space regeneration improvements.


Space Park Leicester has been designed to enable collaboration between University

researchers and the private sector, creating high quality knowledge-based jobs, building the

skills base and contributing to economic growth and resilience of the economy.


The project is being led by the University of Leicester in partnership with Leicester City

Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

Written by Levitha Biji

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