SO18 Big Local wants to see better and wider use of the outside spaces across the neighbourhoods, e.g. with more/better used play areas, more seating, picnic areas and so on. We are keen to get local people out and about and enjoying the green areas on their doorsteps so keep a watch on our events page for the next opportunity to enjoy your local green space with other local people. You can also see our Local Walks page for lots of local walking routes and our Top Tips for enjoying them!
We also want to establish what wildlife is present in the communities and work to encourage more, and see increased use of the outdoor space by young people in particular. In Townhill Park & Midanbury we are working with the City Council to look at developing use of Frogs Copse and Cutbush Hidden Pond, and exploring ideas such as better signage and increased resident participation in the management of these areas.
We have been heavily involved in a project with the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council, looking at getting kids outdoors and enjoying nature more, and we’re building on the results of that project to run more environmental engagement sessions throughout the year.