Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, which is supported by 18,000 members across the county, has contributed to a consultation on Stoke’s Local Plan, which is gathering views on how the city should grow and develop over the next 20 years.
In its response, the Trust has recommended that the following actions are taken to help nature recover, ensure green spaces are protected and fight the climate emergency in Stoke-on-Trent:
The production of a Green Infrastructure Strategy, to ensure environmental actions are delivered strategically for multiple benefits, and review and update the city’s climate change policies. The Trust recommends that nature-based solutions, such as natural flood management and urban tree planting be employed to make the city resilient to the impacts of climate change and help sequester more carbon.
The Trust’s Head of Nature Recovery Networks, David Cadman, said: “In addition to the climate emergency, we are facing a biodiversity crisis, with many wild species facing huge declines or even extinction due to threats to their habitats and habitat fragmentation.
“Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is keen to work with partners to improve the habitat quality across the city’s greenspace network. The Trust is currently working with the council on the ERDF SUNRISE project and this has already delivered huge benefits to the city including river restoration, new wildflower meadows and improvements to woodlands.
“As well as addressing the crisis facing our natural world, the management of greenspaces to benefit biodiversity will bring a host of other benefits to the city including flood reduction, air quality improvements and increased carbon sequestration.”
You can view the Trust’s full response to the Local Plan ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation at www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/stoke-trent-and-urban-newcastle. The consultation asks for views on a variety of topics relating to the development of Stoke-on-Trent over the next 20 years, including how green spaces are managed and how biodiversity is conserved. The consultation is open until June 21 2021 and the Trust is urging nature lovers to register their views to reinforce the importance of the natural environment to local residents.