Work is nearing completion on Newton Bar nature recovery area

Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Work is nearing completion on what will become a new nature recovery area at Newton Bar. 
Once complete, it will create a public open space for local people to walk through or sit and enjoy its surroundings once the planting areas are established.

It will also provide a habitat to improve biodiversity and attract wildlife to the area. 
There have already been 200 trees planted on the site. They feature a mixture of native trees such as oak, birch, and hawthorn and orchard trees including plum, cherry and walnut. Also in place are 10 bird boxes, seven bat boxes and two hedgehog houses.  

“A big part of the project to improve the A650 and Newton Bar roundabout was to make it safer and quicker for pedestrians to get around.
“Once complete, this new nature recovery area will connect those living in the area via new off-road footpaths, which are pleasant to walk through and make it much more convenient to travel by foot.”

Cllr Matthew Morley

Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways

Cllr Matthew Morley

“We have made a clear commitment to play our part in addressing climate change and biodiversity loss and it is vitally important to us that all improvement schemes work towards achieving this ambition.
“We are pleased that plans are progressing to restore this former office land back to nature - improving local biodiversity and wildlife.
“We know that green spaces are important to our residents and once spring arrives, and plants start to bloom, this will become a place for people to sit and observe the newly formed area and habitats.”

Cllr Jack Hemingway

Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change

Cllr Jack Hemingway

Final seeding will take place in April, with the area set to fully open to the public in May.
The nature area is located on the site of the former Wakefield Council offices, directly adjacent to the newly completed junction improvement scheme.

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