Banbury FAS –Cherwell Country Park gets underway
Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme finally got underway on site back in February 2011 and is due to be completed in summer 2012. As part of the scheme, RLC were asked to design a new Country Park that would connect areas that were used by the flood defence scheme. The two main areas were Wildmere Industrial estate woodland, formerly inaccessible to the public and a parcel of land adjacent to the M40 that was used to excavate the clay used to construct the flood embankment. Ordinarily, the Environment Agency would seek to reinstate areas used by the flood defence scheme back to their former condition, but in collaboration with Cherwell District Council the opportunity to develop the area into a country park for Banbury was too appealing.
RLC have worked closely with The Environment Agency and Cherwell District Council to design a broad strategic Masterplan of the area and implement parts where funding has been available. Below are a series of photos of the new woodland footpath at Wildmere Industrial Estate that is currently being constructed. The area will also benefit from new planting to enhance the existing woodland and also a series of wildlife scrape that will bring ecological diversity to the area. This will eventually link up to other parts of the proposed country park.