Dearne pilot sees results

Grass alongside a footpath at Littleworth Lane public open space, Monk Bretton is being allowed to grow longer to support insects, voles, kestrels, barn owls and many other species - plus some wildflowers flourish too.
Grass alongside a footpath at Littleworth Lane public open space, Monk Bretton is being allowed to grow longer to support insects, voles, kestrels, barn owls and many other species - plus some wildflowers flourish too.

Wildlife is booming within a Dearne Valley area chosen as a pilot improvement area within a special ‘Green Heart’ project.

Barnsley Council is allowing grass to grow long, to contribute to a surge in kestrels, hedgehogs, voles, butterflies and grasshoppers over 75 hectares of land, to support the three-year scheme.

The Dearne Valley pilot, run by a partnership that includes the council, has government funding of £560,000 towards transforming the local environment to make it a great place to both live and work.

Barnsley Council is also working towards improving planning policies so that new large building proposals have to demonstrate high sustainability.