Kitchen Lane Plantation Enhancement and Grassland Creation

Enouraging New Species to Kitchen Lane

Credit: Philip Precey

Making hay at Kitchen Lane

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Kitchen Lane Open Space lies in the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton. The grassland and birch-dominated plantation woodland lies on the site of a capped landfill.

As part of the Nature Improvement Area (NIA) priorities we enhanced plantations and created grasslands to encourage new species to the area

Senior Conservation Officer Tom making hay

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Over 3.5 acres of woodland were thinned and stumps were treated to prevent regrowth. A field-layer of Bluebell, Red Campion, Primrose and Foxglove - taken from the NIA's ‘Growing Local Flora’ project - was sown into the space.

The following summer, 1.5 acres of species-poor amenity grassland was enhanced with the creation of new meadowland by strewing arisings, hand harvested by volunteers, from an adjoining area of species-rich grassland.