Truro City Council has recently purchased the land at Comprigney Hill from a private landowner using section 106 money from planning gain. The reason for purchasing this land was primarily to offer another public space within the ever expanding City.
It is the intention of Truro City Council’s Parks department is to continue to maintain the area as a Traditional Hay Meadow, which has been its use in recent years. We will follow the RSPB Guidelines, which you can view at the following link: https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/farming/advice/managing-habitats/hay-meadows
In order to do this, the department intends to spread green hay over the land to increase the diversity of grass and wildflower species, along with the sowing of yellow rattle. This will enable it to be as flower rich as possible.
Last week, Truro City Council Parks department instructed a contractor to cut the grass areas and hedgerows in the upper three recently purchased fields at Comprigney Hill. Sections have been left in the upper field in some corners for wildlife benefit. The hedgerows backing onto neighboring land have been trimmed back to hedge lines.
However, the first field has been and will continue to be left as an extension to the land at Coosebean and the wildlife area. The hedges backing on to the area have not been cut, though some of the trees will require a clean-up via chainsaw from the damaged caused by the flail.
Work was undertaken following the guidelines to cause the lowest impact to wildlife, whilst also following the trimming guidance and complying with the trimming dates.
Guidance can be viewed at the following link: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/plants-for-wildlife/garden-hedges/hedge-law/#:~:text=Hedge
In addition, Truro City Council is in discussion with affected residents along the lane to improve surfaces to the entrance of their properties.
In the future, we will be looking at how best to use the land, assessing ideas such as the addition of a community woodland, an open space for free play and exercise, circular walks or a community growing space or farm .
This will of course be open to public consultation when the matter arises.