The ‘Green Corridor’ in Ascot

October 30, 2017

The glamour of Ascot is not just in its magnificent houses and the important events that take place at the racecourse throughout the year, it also lies in the true aesthetics of the region. Having a vast open area with many varieties of trees and wildlife, Ascot is full of surprises about how these things are maintained.

‘Green Corridor’

The most prominent of greenery in Ascot does not just come from well-manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the houses built on private roads. It in fact comes from the fact that Ascot has a thriving ‘Green Corridor’ which is an area that is separated from the human inhabitation in order to connect wildlife with its usual habitat.
In Ascot, this green corridor follows the naturally laid down waterways and the woodland which means that there is less fragmentation of the land area and allows more wildlife to establish itself here. The council makes great efforts to avoid affecting access to places around this ‘corridor’. The aim is to be able to provide a suitable home for wild animals rather than obstructing those that walk on two legs.
Trees, which form the most essential part of the making of this corridor are recorded and numbered in the Ascot, Sunningdale and the Sunninghill regions so that particular specimens that may need attention can be administered any help that may be required.

People’s contribution

91% of the residents of Ascot have supported the development land corridors, similarly the area runs campaigns detailing how people can welcome some forms of wildlife in their own gardens. Birdfeeders and baths are filled in so that birds can be attracted. Deadwood is left behind in the garden to be able to attract beetles and mosses. Ivy is being promoted because insects, birds and some species of bats can use the trees for food and shelter.

Maintenance

An issue with the green corridor as well as extensive rehabilitation of wildlife is its maintenance. Ascot has a problem of disposing animal carcasses and clearing out waste from the green lands. A prominent solution is their engagement with3ClickaSkip which provides skips able to be filled with waste which is then recycled in ways that will not harm the environment. ClickaSkip regularly clears out the biodegradable waste from gardens that are friendly with animals too. The waste collected is utilised in composts and the creation of fertilizer that is used as soil to plant the trees that make up the green corridor.

The benefits

Apart from the joy of being able to save and rehabilitate many species of animals and insects, Ascot’s drive towards the making of the green corridor has significantly helped the environment. More trees have invited more wildlife and the flourishing wildlife builds a better ecosystem for the green belt. There is not only more awareness in people about how they can contribute but the way of life in Ascot has become more tolerant and nature friendly.