Greener Growth project needs help from residents to create 'green corridor' in Bury St Edmunds
A call for Bury St Edmunds residents to put their favourite town green spaces on the map – literally – has been made by a Suffolk environmental community interest company.
Greener Growth’s Bury Green Spaces project wants people to fill out a questionnaire to help to create a ‘green corridor’ throughout the town for the benefit of wildlife and residents’ suggestions for the map could also grow future project ideas.
Jo Metcalfe, founder of Greener Growth, said: “We all know outdoor activities have become more important over the last year or so but for us they have always been important because of the impact on health, wellbeing and biodiversity as a whole.
“People that live in this town know their area best, so we need their input on how green spaces near them should be managed or looked at a little differently to help wildlife thrive there.”
The organisation has worked on various projects across the town over the years and when this new idea was presented to the town council most councillors were in support of it, including chairman and mayor, Peter Thompson.
He said: “The important thing for me in this project is that it is community-driven. I love that this will be engaging with people to show what they have found.
“On my ward, Moreton Hall, I have seen people discovering places on their daily walks that they did not know existed before, so I am hoping Jo’s project will bring greater awareness like this and benefit residents’ lives and their mental wellbeing for the better.”
Jo also hopes the project will allow for collaborations with the likes of Bury in Bloom and Grow Bury St Edmunds Community Garden to make the map fully inclusive of all the good work which is being done in the town.
She said: “We want everybody, town councillors, community groups and residents to join forces on this for the benefit of the town.
“There are lots of little green sites out there which could benefit so hopefully loads of people will fill out the questionnaire and show us what they love about their area.”
For more information on Greener Growth, to fill out the project’s questionnaire and to see what the map looks like so far, go to burygreenspaces.home.blog