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Monday, 27 November, 2023
Biodiversity Policy adopted by council
Crowthorne Parish Council's biodiversity policy
Adopted 7 November 2023
Introduction

The new government guidance on biodiversity published 31 May 2023 states that under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 there is a duty on public authorities to regard conserving biodiversity as part of their decision making.

Government guidance suggests some examples for parish councils that would demonstrate their regard for conserving biodiversity:

  • Develop policies and strategies and put them into practice.
  • Manage the planning system.
  • Manage their land and buildings such as nature reserves and parks.
  • Manage their waste, pollution, energy use and water.
  • Choose wood and plant products with care.
  • Develop infrastructure, such as paths.
  • Make decisions about procurement.
  • Implement economic, environmental, and social programmes.

In response to this, Crowthorne Parish Council has committed to this Biodiversity Policy, November 2023.

CPC's promise

CPC will consider the impact on biodiversity in the decisions made by council and its working groups, by seeking to minimise adverse impacts on biodiversity, and identifying opportunities to increase biodiversity when practicable.

CPC's land management responsibilities

CPC owns and manages the Morgan Centre and Recreation Ground along with the Parish Hall which includes a small outdoor area and hedgerow.

CPC owns and manages the Morgan Centre and Recreation Ground along with the Parish Hall which includes a small outdoor area and hedgerow.

CPC is a trustee, along with Wokingham Without Parish Council, of the Walter Recreation Ground Charity which manages Circle Hill wood and the Walter Recreation Ground for both public access and biodiversity.

CPC is involved in the management of the Millenium Garden – the small seating and shrub area, opposite The Prince.

CPC is involved in the management of the village retail areas by liaising with business owners and Bracknell Forest Council.

To benefit biodiversity, CPC will:
  • Consider the impact on biodiversity in all planning applications.
  • Encourage practices and projects beneficial to biodiversity through grants made.
  • Continue to review how it manages its estate including considering managing areas of the Morgan Rec as wildflower/longer sward areas, to add to the diversity of habitats present on site.
  • Consider environmental impact as a social value on all acquisitions and procurements. This includes emissions, recyclability, longevity etc.
  • Look to promote biodiversity to others via the parish council website
On our own estate, CPC will continue to:
  • Reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Leave standing and fallen dead wood as invertebrate habitat where safe to do so, in line with BS3998 2010.
  • Remove invasive species that are detrimental to native flora or fauna as required.
  • Plant and sow native plants where practicable, taking seed provenance into account.
  • Increase nest sites by maintaining and installing bird and bat boxes.
  • Manage shrubs and hedgerows outside of the nesting season.
  • Promote management practices beneficial to biodiversity used on the estate, through the website, newsletters, social media, volunteers, and posters.