Bridgehead Business Park Woodland Walk
Did you know there is a wildlife paradise on the doorstep?
There is a woodland nature trail located at the Bridgehead business park.
Developed by Hull-based regeneration company, Wykeland Group, 50-acre Bridgehead is one of the UK’s greenest and most sustainable business parks, home to over 8,000 shrubs and hedgerows, 4,500 herbs and bulbs and more than 200 trees.
The wildlife paradise was planned and delivered with several partners, including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT), which manages the woodland trail and preserves the existing habitat to encourage further local wildlife and maintain flora and fauna.
The 1km nature trail runs through mature woodland and is home to many different species of bird such as green woodpecker, blackcap and wren. It is also home to many insects and mammals such as deer and rabbits.
To involve the local community Wykeland teamed up with local schools to create the A Home for Nature project which uses public art to animate the forest pathway, with the artworks themselves providing beautiful and striking homes for birds, insects and small mammals.
On display among the birdboxes, insect hotels and mosaic eggs which populate the woodland walkway is one of the giant moth sculptures forming part of the Amy Johnson Festival’s Moth Trail. The trail consists of more than 50 giant moths in locations across Hull and East Yorkshire.
Complementing the moth sculpture at Bridgehead is a collection of ‘mini-moth’ sculptures created by pupils at Hessle High and nine ‘techno mini-moth’ sculptures which were created using found objects, including bicycle cogs and electrical components.
HESSLE FORESHORE FOOTPATH TO NORTH FERRIBY – UPDATE FROM NETWORK RAIL
Network Rail will be reopening the Hessle Foreshore footpath between Hessle and North Ferriby on Friday 5 February 2021. This follows major work we have done on the nearby railway embankment to protect it from coastal erosion.
We had to temporarily close the footpath in March 2020 to safely install a steel coastal defence wall, which is 138m long and around 20m deep. This is an £8 million investment in protecting the railway after ground movement was detected in 2018. The work will enable trains to run reliably and safely for years to come. Train services were not impacted by the work.
We have also worked with the local charity Riding For The Disabled to improve accessibility to the footpath. At the completion of the installation, we resurfaced the track to the walking route, installed a concrete pad for new stables, fixed sheds and replaced all fencing and gates.
This has been a large undertaking, and I understand the inconvenience caused to users of the footpath, but it has been vital to make sure that towns and cities on the route stay connected and to provide passengers with a reliable and safe railway.