Spinney Nature Improvements Scheme

Spinney Nature Improvements Scheme

Town Centre Green Spaces

Lead Organisation: Spinney Doorstep Green

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: CLUP

SPF awarded (£): £17,568

Location: Camborne

Spinney Doorstep Green is a small urban woodland of just under half an acre, on the western boundary of Camborne Parish Church. It provides a public walkway between local schools and residential areas to the church and town centre. It contains a range of native trees, shrubbery and associated fauna. Spinney Doorstep Green is available to provide a safe haven for people and wildlife, be an inspiring space for creativity, learning and relaxation and also a place to connect with nature and each other.

The Countryside Agency (now Natural England) first created Doorstep Greens in 2001 and The Spinney would have been one of the first which was helped to become a local charitable trust. Funded by a large creation grant The Spinney was developed as a green space to retain a natural environment and with public access. The Spinney has deteriorated since, due to the loss of key players in the charity, covid, and lack of ability to raise funds.

The charity is run by a management committee which now has several new members including representatives from Camborne Town Council and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

The area requires works to be completed to be appealing to the local community and enable them to use it for the purpose it is intended.

The Spinney Doorstep Green committee have a vision to improve and manage the woodland for future generations to enjoy. This project will enable the local community and visitors of all cultures, ages and mobilities to enjoy the space, provide an educational experience for all about the natural environment and improve and renew the seating layout to facilitate a small local meeting place and provide an informal performance area for community art, music and poetry groups.

This project will enable the management committee to upgrade the area including pathways and access improvement, either by widening the existing pathways or improving the pathway surfaces through the Spinney to aid wheelchair users and people with mobility issues. They will work closely with partner agencies, such as Cornwall Wildlife Trust, regarding advice on wildlife habitat management; Camborne Town Council regarding locally run services and ongoing developments of The Spinney and local schools to create a nature learning experience.

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