Wyre Forest is a local government district in Worcestershire, with a population of over 100,000. The district consists of large areas of rural countryside, picturesque villages, hamlets with rolling countryside, and the three main towns of Bewdley, Kidderminster, and Stourport-on-Severn. It also encompasses the Wyre Forest, one of England’s largest, most ecologically significant oak woodlands, 15 nature reserves, conservation areas and sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) and 600 acres of public green space.
CFP was commissioned by Wyre Forest District Council (WFDC) to develop a comprehensive mapping dataset of council-owned green spaces to establish estimates of overall carbon storage and annual capture, as well as the extent of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) units that may be generated through changes in land management.
The dataset will be an important asset to help WFDC identify future opportunities for greater carbon capture and BNG, and inform a potential business strategy for WFDC around their environmental services.