A substantial area of land at Graingerâ€™s rapidly emerging Berewood residential development is to be transformed into an attractive nature area brimming with wildlife, which will also include the planting of nearly 9,000 trees and plants. The development, on the western fringe of Waterlooville and Purbrook, is expanding its greenspace to approximately 100ha and will soon include two new Community Nature Reserves (each 17.5ha in size), an ecologically restored Newlands Meadow and River Wallington, a large Town Park and accessible adjoining farmland. This large area of biodiverse â€˜green infrastructureâ€™ should result in a net gain for wildlife and have a variety of other benefits, including providing great recreational opportunities for the new and existing communities at Berewood.
The wooded area at Berewood will eventually expand by 9ha, nearly 3ha of which has already been planted. In March 2015, 3,500m2 of native woodland was planted along the margins of Barnfield Row and Marrelsmoor Coppice and this new planting will both buffer and expand Berewoodâ€™s ancient woodlands, benefiting a wide variety of woodland species including the rare and secretive Dormouse. Due to its protected status, Grainger has had to obtain special licenses from Natural England to ensure the Dormouse is protected as the development proceeds.