Whilst Wintringham has historically been managed for intensive agriculture, the site does contain several important features that have been retained as an integral part of the proposals. These assets have been a key consideration when developing the core principles that drive the green infrastructure strategy for the development.
Our approach is not only focused on retaining and protecting exisiting assets. By strengthening and creating connections between important habitats we will promote a network of green corridors for wildlife and ecology and encourage the development of target habitats that include meadows and woodlands as well as the introduction of disease resistant elm trees.
Opening up these spaces for people is a key part of making them well-loved and cared for in the long term. The creation of safe walking and cycling routes as well as the provision of opportunities for compatible leisure activities will encourage people to experience, value and protect the natural environment around them.
Promoting and contributing to strategic objectives of the Cambridgeshire Green Infrastructure Strategy
Strengthening links to the River Great Ouse along the St Neots green corridors and wider linkages to the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Creating a mosaic of wetland habitats comprising wet grasslands, open water and wet woodlands, providing new opportunities for wetland species
Enrich existing linear watercourses, enhancing their landscape and biodiversity value.
Creating north/south parkland linkages between the green vales and the Love’s Farm development
Creating a rich network of interconnected habitat mosaics intertwined with new parkland destinations
Reinforce the Western Claylands management objectives
Provide an enhanced landscape setting along Cambridge Road as part of the arrival and gateway experience towards the site and
St Neots town centre from the east.
Introducing a perimeter greenway that defines the development edge and provides safe green links between St Neots, through Wintringham Park and beyond to the open countryside
Establish multifunctional green corridors for enjoyment and wildlife connectivity
Promote key vistas to the Church of St Mary the Virgin
Strengthen vegetation cover along the site’s edges, particularly along the railway line and A428, to provide an appropriate transition from the urban edge of St Neots to the countryside and so en development edges.
The Railway Field also includes some varieties of Orchid – Bee, Pyramidal and Common – and the team are planning to test the potential for translocating these species to other areas of the site as well as retaining them in situ.
Our approach to the Railway Field demonstrates the team’s focus on putting a forward-thinking conservation and biodiversity strategy at the heart of the Wintringham vision.