The project is supporting EIP activities in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP), Cove Brook Greenway Corridor, and Southwood Country Park.
Queen Elizabeth Park is a 24-acre woodland park located in Farnborough, Hampshire.
- Localised rhododendron control outside of the project Order Limits. This increases light availability to the understorey and creates a more diverse edge habitat.
- Signage and interpretation boards throughout the park. Signage detailing information on local flora and fauna species encourages local conservation efforts and enhances visitor experience within the natural environment.
- Restoration and reed planting to the pond adjacent to the play area within the park. Pond restoration encourages a greater variety of flora and fauna species through freshwater availability and wetland habitats, which benefits biodiversity. Reed planting increases the habitats in the area.
Cove Brook Greenway Corridor
Cove Brook is a two-mile greenway through the middle of a built-up area of Farnborough, Hampshire.
- Signage and interpretation boards to be provided at Cove Brook and Blunden Hall. Signage detailing information on local flora and fauna species encourages local conservation efforts and enhances visitor experience within the natural environment.
- Scrub and tree clearance adjacent to the brook over a total area of 500m2. This encourages a greater variety of habitat and lets more light into the watercourse.
- Bramble removal in areas adjacent to the brook. Clearance of bramble and other scrub allows for additional wildflower planting.
- Wildflower corridor creation in areas adjacent to the brook. This increases the biodiversity in the local area, as well as increasing the visual amenity.
- Otter survey at Five Arches Railway Bridge. This allows for a better understanding the otter population presence and use of the Cove Brook in this area.
- Simple in-stream enhancements comprising a mixture of large wood, woody/brash berms and gravel to improve in-stream habitats throughout Cove Brook. This creates areas of differing flow to provide habitat for a wider range of biodiversity.
- Project support to provide third party technical specialist work particularly with regard to watercourse activities. This ensures the correct specialist advice is obtained to maximise the benefits of the environmental work.
Southwood Country Park
Southwood Country Park is a 57-hectare Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) located on the site of the former Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough, Hampshire.
- Encroaching birch removal in Southwood Woodland. This reduces the successional growth of scrub and encourages the establishment of acidic grassland.
- Encroaching willow/alder removal & tree thinning. Willow/alder removal over an area of 1000m2 and tree thinning over an area of 250m2. These activities reduce the successional growth of scrub and encourages marsh grassland.
- Woodland copse creation to the east of the park with an approximate area of 8000m2. This encourages a variety of habitat, creating a matrix of habitats across the site.
SLP project staff have engaged with schools local to the scheme including Henry Tyndale School and Farnborough Hill School, in order to deliver STEM activities and support school events. A number of volunteer days with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have been organised for project staff. The project also donated two defibrillators in aid of the Frimley Carnival, whose normal route was impacted due to works.