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The Arboretum is now a densely populated inner city area of Worcester which was once a real arboretum. The canal which runs through it is a wildlife corridor. Here we want to plant fruit trees.
The intention is to create a wildlife corridor from the River Severn at Diglis to the countryside from Six Ways. Wildlife Corridors are now recognised as vital in allowing wildlife to live and to migrate. The Arboretum is a necessary link in that corridor which at present does not support the variety or quantity of habitats which it could do. We are working through partnerships on long term and short term projects organised through an umbrella organisation, the Worcester Canal Corridor Group, whose members include the Canal and River trust, the City Council, the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and many voluntary groups. Local residents have already succeeded in firstly funding the restoration of a pocket park and since then in maintaining and enhancing it. This is the next step. The work of planting will be done by volunteers.
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Why it's a great idea:
This is a great idea because ; It is a way to involve people in an exciting long term transformation of the Worcester to Droitwich Canal as a wildlife habitat. As well as local residents it would benefit the many people who use the canal as route to and from the city and would make the city a more attractive destination for boat users. It is not a standalone project. Since 2016 the Canal group has been organised a range of events in which well over 100 people have taken part which shows the commitment of local people to the idea. Recently, Natural Networks carried out a biodiversity study which will be the scientific framework for all work done in the future. Working through the Corridor Group means that we have wide support and ensures that the commitment is a long term one. It will lead to further work in partnership with Worcester Wildlife Trust who are about to launch a Wilder Worcester Community Engagement project. We can create a rich and diverse wildlife habitat.
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