The council is developing a new green infrastructure strategy to help guide future decisions about the management of local green and aquatic spaces.
At its meeting yesterday (Thursday 11 February) the council's Executive approved the draft strategy for public consultation. This consultation will start on Monday (15 February) and run for eight weeks until Friday 9 April, after which the strategy will be finalised.
The draft strategy has eight key objectives and includes an action plan with 57 short, medium and long-term actions to help deliver those objectives. This action plan will be regularly reviewed and updated.
The strategy will make a vital contribution to the council's vision for an "open, fairer, greener North Somerset". It will be crucial in tackling the climate and nature emergency, playing an important role in achieving the council's target for the area to be carbon neutral by 2030.
It will improve biodiversity across the area and will help create a healthier and more attractive place for residents, with better access to nature and high-quality open spaces.
"The North Somerset landscape with its parks, beaches, green spaces, wildlife, countryside, public rights of way and waterways is precious," said Cllr Bridget Petty, the council's executive member for environment and climate emergency.
"Since the Covid-19 crisis our appreciation of our natural environment has never been greater, but the climate and nature emergency has shown just how fragile our environment is and how careful management is needed to enable it to flourish.
"It is now more important than ever to protect and manage our open spaces to maximise the huge benefits they provide to our quality of life. This will need more co-operation and collaboration. That is why we have prepared this new green infrastructure strategy.
"We want this work to contribute to improving habitats for wildlife, enhance biodiversity and to support improved health and wellbeing for our residents.
“We want to understand whether the ambition of the strategy, its content, aims and objectives are right and, if not, what we might be missing. So please get involved in the consultation and give us your feedback."
Anyone wanting to have their say on the strategy’s development should visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/greeninfrastructurestrategy where there is more information including links to the draft strategy and the consultation questionnaire.