We are interested to hear your views on the management of Open Space at Laurel Way, Scunthorpe. 

In 2011, North Lincolnshire Council carried out workshops with local volunteers who wanted to take over the open space. Ideas were discussed and options were guided by the need to conserve the site’s archaeology. 

It was agreed that the space would be managed with an area of wildflower meadow and an area of wildflower lawn, with shorter grass.  A small area was kept very short for ball games. 'Buglife', The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, used Co-op funding to sow wildflowers, such as Oxeye Daisy, Lady’s Bedstraw, Red Clover and Bird’s-foot Trefoil. These flowers attract bees and butterflies in the summer. 

We are now reviewing the management of the site in response to comments received from local residents. The current management of the site for wildflowers is compatible with preserving the archaeology of the site, and encourages wildlife and outdoor play for children. We think that the archaeology is at a depth of around 40cm (just over one foot). We need to ensure that the archaeology is protected below this level. As well as wildflowers, other possibilities include:
  • Traditional post and rail fencing with kissing gates
  • A surfaced footpath
  • An information board about the area’s archaeology
  • Dog waste bins
Our vision is for a well-managed open space where the historic environment is protected, wildlife thrives and local people can enjoy quiet recreation and informal play. Our aims are:
  • To protect existing archaeological features and encourage wildflowers and insects
  • To involve local people in the active running of the site
  • To create a green space where people can enjoy physical exercise whilst exploring nature on the doorstep

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