BRAMCOTE UNITY PARK
Uniting Land, Ownership & Community
Thank you on behalf of all of us at Bramcote Unity Park for your encouraging messages of support and your continued enthusiasm for the creation of the first privately funded publicly owned park in our city for generations.
We will continue to strive to achieve our ambitious goal to create the Bramcote Unity Park uniting these parcels of land, eradicating the dominant Japanese Knotweed and implementing the many ambitious projects including mass native tree plantation, environmental, botanical, ecological and social enhancements. Our main goal, however, is to take what is privately owned land and bring it in to lawful use for all of us to enjoy.
At this time we encourage members of the public NOT to enter on to the private section of land until the JKW is removed and the park is established as disturbance and transit of the knotweed underfoot has been, and is accelerating the spread of the weed exponentially,
Ref: RSK Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Report
“Biosecurity should be immediately controlled on-site by restricting unauthorised access to the infested area. This can be achieved by erecting temporary hoarding or heras fencing to prevent the subsequent spread of Japanese knotweed to other parts of the site. The location of the hoarding or heras fencing will need to take into consideration the underground lateral spread of the Japanese knotweed which can potentially extend up to 7m from any stand and the annual encroachment of the Japanese knotweed with each growing season.
Immediate action should be taken to control/remove the Japanese knotweed. We understand the JKW on site is outcompeting native species, reducing the biodiversity for flora and fauna and is within 4m of adjoining properties”
The Japanese knotweed and the future donation of lawful public access are just two of the matters that were not considered to be material in the planning process, however they are matters which must be addressed in order for us all to enjoy this land in perpetuity both lawfully and free of the biohazard (JK) which continues to consume more and more of this site.
Best wishes to all.
Bramcote Unity Park is a project intended to unite various parcels of land together in terms of ownership, management, funding & master-planning to create a public park using private money.
The purchase of the final piece of the jigsaw within Bramcote Ridge means 7 acres of land will be donated for public use, with over £1m invested & over 1072 new trees planted. A very small portion will be developed into residential housing adjacent to existing housing, adding 11 new highly efficient & expertly finished homes.
THE PARK PLAN
The Bramcote Honey & Pollination Project intends to allow volunteer bee-keepers to care for and harvest honey using local pollen. With the bee population in decline and are now declared an endangered species, we will be constructing a dedicated apiary containing four of the highest quality bee hives. Cleanly and securely housed, surrounded by appropriate security fencing allowing our volunteers to collect honey. We hope for the honey to be sold in the local independent Bramcote Lane shops, putting local honey on your toast whilst proceeds will help with the upkeep of the Park. The population of bees in an urban setting will be a huge benefit to the local eco-system. Buying honey made from local pollen can strengthen a person's immune system and reduce pollen allergy symptoms, too.
The importance of trees needs no introduction. They help us breathe, remove carbon dioxide from the air and carry it into the soil, purifying the air whilst cooling urban areas by as much as 2 degrees.
The existence of a large quantity of giant Japanese Knotweed & variegated yellow-archangel is currently dominating a large portion of the site; our intention is to use a specialist company to move this as soon as work commences, ceasing this relentless plant from taking over more of the woodland and spreading to the Nature Reserve. The intention is to use the dig and sift method of extraction rather than chemicals (which takes years) due to the damage to health & existing flora and fauna.
Having improved the bio-diversity, wildlife and reforestation, you'll need somewhere to sit and enjoy it all. We will be installing park benches & viewing points across the parkland allowing you to take a well earned rest.
The newly formed pathways add another 1.2km allowing you to link with walks onto other land within the Bramcote Unity Park with exciting things to see along the way. We will be providing many improvements including bird hides, bee-keeping area, an area for early-years outdoor education classes & picnic spots, woodland play areas, appropriate signage, defibrillator point and last but not least, bins. There are significant benefits to mental health from being outdoors, this new park provides more reasons to get outside.
Whilst the bees will be working hard pollinating the local gardens, we will be including many ecological improvements to the entire park to encourage the maximum diversity of urban wildlife we can possibly sustain. We will be adding a large wildlife and habitat pond between the proposed houses to encourage invertebrates to live, birds to drink and encourage insects. We will be implementing bat box schemes across the network of trees, too. Insect log-stacks will be added across the site which will come following our tree management & maintenance programme encouraging all manner of wild insects and mammals to have a place to thrive. Our ecological survey has identified a paucity of wildlife across the site and this can, and will, be vastly improved.
LET'S MAKE IT WORK
HOW THIS IS FUNDED
Many stakeholders have been brought together to promote this opportunity to unify four pieces of land under multiple ownerships to create a fully funded, master-planned public park using private money from the construction of 11 houses. To make this happen, over £1 million will be invested in this park scheme, including employing the services of parkland architects, ecologists, tree experts, invasive species experts, land owners, residents, volunteers and advisory bodies. The extra parcel of land will be donated into public ownership as detailed below.
The promoters and applicants of this vision are Bramcote Unity Park Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Ltd, not yet registered but will be should permission be granted. We are incorporated to achieve the objective of the creation of the Bramcote Unity Park. Through the combination of companies house and adhering to the charity commissions rules, openness and transparency is achieved. We are in the process of forming our elected and appointed board, both at Executive and Non-Executive level, and would be delighted to receive emails of interest of any interested parties who would like to join us.
The Japanese Knotweed on this land needs addressing as soon as possible and if anybody wishes to donate towards the eradication of it's continued spread, please get in touch. A large area has already become a monoculture of this invasive species and anybody who respects the local wildlife, flora and fauna will understand the importance of full eradication.
The land on which the 11 houses would sit in a small percentage of the 11 acres of currently private land, will fund the £1m+ investment into the creation of this park and a construction partner will be identified if planning is obtained.
INVESTMENT & LONG-TERM STEWARDSHIP
The money obtained from the enabling development will not only fund the capital investment for the creation of the facilities within the park, but also a £200,000 ongoing fund invested at the outset to allow for ongoing maintenance of the park. With diligent management of this money, grant aid moving forward & involvement of the community, this park will thrive long into the future for all residents to enjoy. We are so proud to be part of protecting green space for future generations to come.
To be part of this exciting project, fill in the enquiry form on the contact page. Positions we will be looking to fill are within the following fields, the list is not exhaustive but will include:
- Financial expertise
- Executive & Non-executive roles
- Bee keepers
- General volunteers
To enable the creation of the Park and it's many projects, the construction of 11 family homes will need to take place. These houses are to be built with the ecology & environment in mind and be most sensitive to their new parkland surroundings.
Two areas for this small development have been identified & shown on the Master Plan:
1) An area behind existing residential dwellings at the top of
Sandy Lane for two houses.
2) An area to the North of the site, lying at the lowest level, immediately adjacent to existing housing.
The main body of the currently privately owned land will be handed into the CIO company meaning this space will be fully-funded for public use, forever. This land is the missing piece of the jigsaw to unite and create a flowing Unity parkland for all to enjoy.
Should planning permission be granted, the building plots will be developed to further fund the project.