Let's make Redbridge nature policy more ambitious
Redbridge Council is exploring options for a new environmental policy which looks at conservation, wildlife and ecology plans in the borough. The Task and Finish Group responsible is seeking views from local residents and interested groups on their draft recommendations and nature and biodiversity in Redbridge in general.
Local group, Wild Wanstead, does not feel that the draft recommendations in the consultation will effectively improve natural habitats and address biodiversity loss in the borough. It’s time for more ambition and a clear vision for nature in Redbridge. Below are the alternative ideas Wild Wanstead has submitted to the Council. Please share your views too. The link to the consultation is here – the deadline for feedback is 29 January 2021.
WILD WANSTEAD IDEAS FOR A NEW NATURE STRATEGY FOR REDBRIDGE
Defining a new vision for Redbridge: London borough of forest and meadows
Develop action plan to preserve and increase Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), with five-year review
Define network of green corridors (Redbridge Greenways) linking parks, SINCs, rivers/wetlands, allotments, garden areas and fragmented green spaces to allow movement of wildlife and create walking/cycling routes for residents. Work with local conservation groups to ensure mosaic of diverse habitats within Greenways
Require all new developments to consider net gain for nature, strictly enforcing Government requirements for large developments and establishing local guidelines for small and residential developments promoting green walls / roofs / driveways and planting schemes
Establish Wild Redbridge 20% pledge for council and private landowners to give at least one fifth of their footprint to nature, through pollinator planting, Grow Zones (long grass areas), wildflower meadows, trees, hedges and shrubs etc (including schools, urban parks, gardens etc)
Increase resident adoption of tree pits and green spaces for gardening / food production / orchards across all elements of the council estate (highways, housing etc)
Challenge the status quo by developing innovative policies and tariffs designed to reduce vegetation loss in urban areas for example creating Nature Conservation Areas backed by Article 4 legislation and improving access to designated parking without the need to pave front gardens
Work with contractors to switch all Redbridge verges to Grow Zones by 2023, using funding from CIL / developers to purchase cut & collect equipment
Establish a Redbridge Biodiversity Forum involving local groups / residents to come together biannually to share best practice, set annual priorities and monitor progress vs. goals of Nature Conservation Strategy