At the heart of proposals are plans for a new 5-hectare Riverside Park, adjacent to the Holy Well and stretching south from the River Stowe and west along the Stowe Valley. The park would be passed onto the local community, protecting it from future development.

The new park offers a unique opportunity to open up the area for local residents and visitors for a range of community and educational uses, whilst improving and promoting its wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

The proposals for the park would support a number of priorities for Southam set out in Stratford District Council’s Core Strategy including:

  • Enhancing the green infrastructure and river corridors around the River Stowe for wider benefit

  • Improving green networks and settings to enhance important local biodiversity features

  • Improving countryside walks, accessible from the town centre along the Stowe


  • Create an attractive, natural, landscaped park for local people and visitors

  • Promote and improve wildlife habitat of the site and the surrounding Stowe Valley

  • Protect and enhance the Holy Well and its setting

  • Improve riverside setting and connections to town centre and Stowe Valley

Potential Features

  • Riverside Park ‘Trail’ with displays on local wildlife and biodiversity

  • Children’s play area / timber ‘trim trail’ set within landscape and natural surroundings of the park

  • Bird hides located close to wetland areas to maximise opportunities to observer and learn about birds and wildlife

  • Wildflower and grassland meadows to provide attractive setting for the park

  • Landscaped ponds and wetland areas with bird islands to provide ideal habitat for local wildlife

  • Community Orchard for planting of fruit / nut trees and community acitivies

  • Hibernacula shelters to encourage wildlife habitat and to be used as an educational resource for children

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