A once in a lifetime opportunity
With your help we can secure a greener future for the Broadmarsh.
Nottingham has a once in a generation opportunity to transform the former Broadmarsh Shopping Centre into a space for nature and people, signalling a new greener future for our city.
As we’ve all faced the challenges thrown at us by the Covid-19 pandemic our need for access to greenspace and nature has never been greater but the heart of our city is grey – not green. Now is the time to put nature back.
We want the Broadmarsh transformed into a new natural greenspace for our City by taking a nature first approach to urban planning Nottingham City Council can help put nature into recovery and secure a greener recovery for our city.
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A Broadmarsh re-imagined as natural greenspace would help set Nottingham out from the crowd as city’s across the UK seek to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and an investment that will reap rewards for generations to come.
January 2020 update
We were aware that many people wished to see a proposal for the Broadmarsh redevelopment which put nature at its heart, but we have been staggered by the sheer level of support and hugely motivated by the messages of good will and offers of support that have flooded in from across the city, county and beyond.
We have now submitted our ideas and priorities to Nottingham City Council as part of The Big Conversation consultation and we have also had an initial meeting with the council to highlight the level of public support for our approach and to underline our commitment to trying to turn our vision into a reality.
Turning our aspirations into real change on the ground will not be easy. Whilst there is clearly a public appetite for a greener approach for the Broadmarsh site there are also other demands being placed on the site with calls for housing, employment and retail space. We also recognise that funding and future investment in our city are key issues and we have therefore offered to work with the council to explore opportunities for funding which might enable a nature first approach. It is however, exciting to see that many of the proposals for more mixed development also include an emphasis on the importance of natural greenspace. It would appear that there is a real appetite for change.
Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work with Influence Landscape Architects and others to build support for our vision.
The Broadmarsh re-imagined
Putting people and nature at the heart of Nottingham’s green ambitions.
As Nottingham seeks to recover from the human and economic impacts of Covid-19, a Broadmarsh re-imagined as natural greenspace would improve the health of city residents and demonstrate the city’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological crises.
Nottingham has greenspaces to be proud of, not least the magnificent Wollaton Park, but the heart of our city is unmistakably grey not green. Now is the time to put nature back.
A reimagined Broadmarsh, with 100% of the demolished site transformed into a natural urban oasis, would become Nottingham’s living breathing heartbeat – a mini Central Park where people can connect with nature and escape the stresses of modern life without leaving the city.
Such a bold green vision could set the city on a course to a greener economic recovery, boost tourism and stimulating inward investment. As we work to secure 30% of the UK’s land for nature by 2030 this wild green ambition should be seen as a catalyst for further investment in existing greenspaces; to bringing people together and to putting the city’s nature into recovery at a time when access to natural greenspace has never been more valued or needed.
The Broadmarsh re-imagined vision
Championing wildlife in the city
Since the 1980s Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has championed the promotion and protection of wild greenspaces across the City. From fighting to save vital wetlands such as Martin’s Pond and Moor Bridge Pond to establishing the Nottingham Environment Partnership, a forerunner of today’s Nottingham Green Partnership, to campaigning to safeguard the Nottingham Crocus and protecting the famous city centre peregrine nest - the Wildlife Trust has stood up for people’s right to access wildlife-rich greenspace on their doorstep.
The Trust also secured huge investment and engaged with thousands of city residents through its successful Wildlife in the City programme and its staff and local volunteers continue to support conservation activity on sites across the city including Woodthorpe Meadow Nature Reserve on the edge of Sherwood which is cared for by the group of young people calling themeslves 'Keeping it Wild'.
Working in partnership
Thank you to Influence Landscape Architects who kindly supported us with this vision and provided the images.