Enhancing the Biodiversity of Shaftesbury’s Open Spaces
At this week’s Recreation, Open Spaces and Environment Committee meeting the Council agreed to a management and planting programme for Salisbury Street Green, the aim of which is to soften the municipal feel of this area and make it a pleasant place for people to sit and walk, as well as to provide food habitats for bees, butterflies and other wildlife. An information board will also be erected to show what plants and wildlife can be spotted, updated as the area evolves.
Also agreed was to work on a management plan for the slopes beside Park Walk, enhancing the natural beauty and habitat created by cow parsley, increasing the variety of planting and the possibility of marking the area as a nature reserve.
The Committee Chairman Cllr George Hall said “The Council adopted an Environmental and Biodiversity policy in February, it’s great to see the community working hard with the committee to implement this policy and enhance the natural environment of the town.”
The Committee also welcomed the initiative from Mooches with Pooches to donate 2 dog poo bag dispensers and committed to buying a further 6 to be placed in key areas of the town to try to address the problem of dog mess.