Green Councillor Lucy Pegg has helped get the lease renewed for Boundary Brook Nature Park, ensuring that an essential piece in the jigsaw of Oxford’s urban biodiversity is maintained.
Boundary Brook Nature Park was created from disused allotments in 1990, and has since become a tranquil haven for nature in the heart of East Oxford. Copses of native trees provide habitat for birds and small mammals; a pond and marshy area harbours frogs and newts, dragonflies and damselflies, as well as aquatic insects like diving beetles and water stick insects. The Park is managed by community group Oxford Urban Wildlife Group, and management work like scything, hedgelaying and biodiversity surveying is carried out by volunteers.
We’re facing a global biodiversity crisis, and live in one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth. It is essential that we find ways to protect wild habitats and create new ones, mapping pathways so that many different native species can move more easily through our urban and agricultural spaces. Urban green spaces are also good for humans, helping renew our personal connections with other living things, improving mental health, and providing a space for children to learn about nature. Green Party councillors are proud to offer any support they can to these invaluable community resources.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Park, consider dropping in at one of their events to help out with work, or following OUWG’s newsletter in which they report local nature and conservation news.