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How can your public green spaces be improved for people and wildlife?

We find out more about the Isle of Wight Public Green Spaces project, supported by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and The Southern Co-op.

We know green spaces are good for wildlife, but they are also vital to our own health and wellbeing. Our ability to connect with nature through our local environment is now more important than ever, that’s why The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and supported by Southern Co-op, would like to build and support projects that improve these important spaces.  

The Isle of Wight Public Green Spaces Project is inviting residents of Pan, Ventnor, East Cowes, Freshwater and Binstead to take part in their online research. Using an interactive map and questionnaire, they would like to know...  

  • What green spaces you use and why?  
  • What areas you don’t use and why? 
  • What wildlife you have seen?  

Visit the dedicated website at to take part.  

Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op's Director for Sustainability & Communications, said: "Nearly 200 people have already taken part in the online research which is a great start. I know first-hand of the positive effects wildlife can have on our mental wellbeing as I've taken part in the Wildlife Trust's annual 30 Days Wild campaign. This is something our Isle of Wight colleagues also get involved in. 

"At Southern Co-op we're committed to protecting our natural environment which is why we're pleased to be part of this project building a movement for change to help protect and improve green spaces for people and wildlife." 

 So, if you live in one of these areas, or know anyone who does, document your thoughts so Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust can help improve these areas for people and wildlife.  



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