The FCLT does care about wildlife and the environment - and about the facts.

SE FAVERSHAM – SOFT PLANTING AND LANDSCAPE.
Protestors against the Duchy’s proposals for SE Faversham have been vocal on
Facebook alleging a paucity of tree planting and posting selected as built
pictures and ariel shots of Poundbury to illustrate their point. This is misleading;
Poundbury and SE Faversham have been master planned with a vision for very
different places.
Poundbury was conceived 30 years ago when it was designed as an urban
extension to Dorchester. Enquiry by design produced a townscape with a dense
urban grain reflecting the character of the town with the main areas of public
open space on the periphery. The Duchy vision for SE Faversham is
fundamentally different and presents a sustainable, landscape-led mixed-use
settlement that embodies the essential rural qualities of Faversham and the
surrounding area. Public open space is integrated into the development. The
settlement is laid out around tree-lined streets, orchards, allotments, ponds,
meadows and wooded rides. The strategy is based upon healthy soil, clean
water, and the creation of high-quality natural spaces.
Section 9.07 in the Design Manual addresses Soft Planting and Landscape and
illustrates the Faversham proposals on the plan below.

The Duchy expand their vision by adding detail in the accompanying text.
“Overall, the soft landscape and planting strategy aims to create a more
biologically rich and characteristically diverse space than the current site. All
proposed trees and vegetation form a patch-corridor-matrix with tree-lined
streets, orchards and hedgerows that join up large greenspaces (such as The
Park, Eastern Vale, Cricket Green and The Bund) with small greenspaces (such as
natural play areas, pocket greenspaces and gardens).
Blocks of woodland, lines of hedgerows and a native scrub and shrub mix are
used to reinforce the boundaries of the development and provide both habitat
for wildlife and visual screening. The ecological value will be enhanced through
connecting them to orchards and species rich grassland. This extensive planting,
in combination with the street trees, will provide a wide range of ecosystem
services, including carbon sequestration, and improve the overall environmental
sustainability credentials of the development.

Species rich grassland is used to bring the character of the grasslands found in
the North Kent Plain and Kent Downs National Landscape into the site. In the
long term this will form habitat that supports a range of wildlife and has been
long associated with ancient grazing, making it appropriate to the sites historic
use for food production.
Designing traditional orchards into the scheme also harks back to the site's
heritage and proximity to the Faversham Fruit Belt, with productive species such
as apples, plums, pears, cherry, hazelnut and walnut being prioritised. These
orchards are located almost entirely along proposed pedestrian pathways and
cycleways, allowing people to get up close to them and pick fruits as they travel
through the site, as well as fully enjoy their aesthetic appeal. Street trees are
intended to be planted in grass verges alongside roads - achieved through
running key services through the middle of courtyards. This allows trees to be
planted freely in trenches, rather than in tree pits, allowing the roots to connect
and improve the microbiology of the soil.”
Allotments and Orchards are common features incorporated into the
masterplans for both schemes. These are now established at Poundbury and
demonstrate that unlike the volume housebuilders the Duchy do what they say
they will and deliver their vision. Volunteers work to maintain the apple trees,
geese and surroundings. A local group Transition Town Dorchester manages
the Poundbury Community Orchard which includes 60 heritage apple and pear
trees. A new wildlife pond is now fenced off and starting to establish itself. The
group also has bees, hens, geese and ducks.

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