Land Trust acquires new open space and signs housing land management contracts

The Land Trust is creating a new park as part of a new suite of acquisitions and contracts.

The trust is looking after 142ha of open space in Waverley. Image: The Land Trust
The trust is looking after 142ha of open space in Waverley. Image: The Land Trust

The national land management charity has acquired two new public open spaces and signed contracts to manage green spaces around two housing developments.

A 16-hectare green space next to a housing development in Ketley, which includes a stream, grassland, woodland and a network of paths, is now under the care of the Land Trust. This will ensure it will remain public open space with long term management and funding plans in place.

A 22ha area of green space at The Omega Greenheart has been added to The Land Trust’s extensive portfolio in Warrington. The site, located to the south of the M62, will initially continue to be used by the developers, but over the next three years will be remodelled to create a new park, providing valuable green space to local residents and workers.

Both sites were transferred to the Land Trust at the end of March with funds from the Homes and Communities Agency enabling them to be managed sustainably for long term community benefit.

At the same time, the charity signed agreements with Harworth Group and Drummond Estates to manage the greenspaces around new residential developments at Waverley in Rotherham – Yorkshire’s largest ever brownfield redevelopment that includes 142ha of public open space - and New Lubbesthorpe, a new community west of Leicester which includes 12ha of woodland and 101ha of public open space and parkland.

Land Trust chief executive Euan Hall said: "These transfers contribute enormously to the provision of sustainably managed green space around communities across the UK. The range of sites transferred in March show the diversity of sites that the Land Trust can manage.

"From established sites that require a long term funding and maintenance plan, to site creation and to the management and integration of our vital green spaces around our new homes and communities"

He added "As a charity the Land Trust is more than just a contractor who comes in and cuts the grass. We help landowners develop sustainable funding solutions for greenspace and work with local people to deliver the long term management of sites, helping to unlock the site’s vast potential for the benefit of the community, enhancing health and wellbeing, environment and biodiversity and economic and social value."

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