Increasing biodiversity in Abergavenny
Good progress is being made with the Council's project to enhance biodiversity in the town, repairs are being made to the wall with planting to take place in the coming weeks.
Working in partnership with the Town Council, Monmouthshire County Council has removed the existing planting which was not easy as there were extensive roots and repairs have been made to the raised beds by Castle Street car park. Sarah Price Landscapes, an award-winning Abergavenny based landscape design company has been engaged by the Town Council to design the colourful new border. The new planting will be low maintenance pollinator friendly native species, a welcome change from the previous planting which was dominated by cotoneaster. These improvements will contribute to the overall appearance of the town and we hope will be welcomed by residents and visitors as well as the Wales in Bloom judge.
In addition, we are taking the opportunity to improve visibility from the Tudor Street car park so pedestrians can see cars turning into the car park. A pedestrian footway will also be created to separate pedestrians from vehicles.
Friends of Castle Meadows will be planting native woodland species such as guelder rose, blackthorn, willow, alder and hornbeam. The woodland corridor will enable movement of small mammals and non-flying insects between the copses and provide a wildlife refuge from the open area of Castle Meadows.
The project also includes funding for bird boxes, interpretation and a new biodiversity trail linking the greenspaces.
This project is supported by the Heritage Fund and Welsh Government.