Wigmore Valley Park

Green and open spaces · Eaton Green Road

Valued

What and where?

• The park is a District Park, a County Wildlife Site, and an Area of Local Landscape Value. Neighbouring Hertfordshire Parish Councils have registered the park as an Asset of Community Value.

• It hosts a particularly fine selection of orchid specimens which include the common spotted, common twayblade, pyramidal and bee orchids. A failed translocation of orchids was carried out by the council in 2019 to prove that they could guarantee future development safeguards.

• There are trees, an ancient woodland and an old historical hedgerow of high landscape and ecological value along the eastern boundary of Wigmore Park. A small number of former parkland trees have survived in the north of the park and a series of notable trees along the north side of Eaton Green Road.

• Ecological surveys undertaken to date have demonstrated that the application site and the surrounding area is home to a number of protected or notable species, including badgers, bats, brown hares, hedgehogs, slow worms, common toads, smooth newts, Roman snails, other invertebrates and a range of birds including barn owls and red kites.

• Botanical and field surveys undertaken have identified notable plants and have confirmed the presence of wildlife habitats, broadleaved semi-natural woodland, ancient and veteran trees, species-rich hedgerows, semi-improved neutral grassland, calcareous grassland and English Bluebells. Various non-native invasive species have also been identified, including Japanese knotweed, Japanese rose, and cotoneaster species.

Why should this be listed?

The park is used by the community for walks, exercise, leisure and walking of dogs. It is Luton's best kept secret park as it is on the edge of the town and not promoted.

In 2019 following a national poll by 'Fields in Trust' the park was voted an East of England regional finalist, the only Bedfordshire park to do so.

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Nominated by Friends of Wigmore Park on Thursday 28 January 2021