Westbere Copse and Jenny Wood are adjoining natural spaces in the London Borough of Camden. They form a significant and rather special local natural green space in their residential neighbourhood that is available for schools, weekend openings and a site for the local Green Gym to manage whilst keeping fit. Over time however they have become overgrown and increasingly inaccessible and run down and their biodiverse value has been slowly diminishing. I have been working towards designing a series of natural enhancements to make the sites more biodiverse and more straightforward to manage. These include very simple improvements such as restoring the pond on the site and clearing the more invasive species such as the snowberry and replanting the site with native wildlife friendly species. I have also proposed more subtle interventions such as opening up strategic views between the sites and clearing areas of varying densities to create a more cohesive and accessible area for people and wildlife. Hardworks such as resetting and repainting the boundary fences and more creative interventions such as creating windows in the fences and connective street art will hopefully make the sites more inviting for visitors.
The plans have been approved and the next step is to create a Construction Strategy drawing to take the project into the next phase of establishment with works expected to commence this spring.