Work is set to get underway on a new wildlife haven for birds, bees and butterflies.
The Swifts golf course and driving range in Carlisle city centre is set to become the very first urban bee and butterfly oasis in the North West.
The Swifts, a 17-hectare site in the centre of Carlisle, which includes grassland, woodland and riverbanks, will be transformed into an urban nature reserve thanks to £80,000 funding from Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (CWMET) and £8,000 from the Environment Agency.
The funding will breathe new life into the site, transforming once manicured greens and fairways into wildflower meadows, species-rich wetland and native woodland, helping to boost populations of bees and butterflies.
The site is owned by Carlisle City Council, who will be working collaboratively with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to ensure the successful delivery of the project.
With improved access and signage, and within close walking distance of Carlisle city centre, the site aims to be an oasis for wildlife and people alike. The funding has been secured by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and working in partnership with Carlisle City Council, the restoration works will fall under the Get Cumbria Buzzing Project. This project, which is supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to create and link pollinator habitat across northwest Cumbria.