Inspired by the Isle of Wight Biosphere declaration in 2019, a group of organisations including Vectis Housing Association, the council’s regeneration team, the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and other local partners have secured funding and planning consents to begin the creation of a new rural area where the Biosphere principles of live, work and play can come to life.
With a focus on the Isle of Wight’s Biosphere, about half of the farm site will become a new public green space which will be open to all, and include hedges, new woodland, ponds and an outdoor education area.
“We know that around a quarter of all Island families struggle to find a suitable home of the right size in the right location.
“This key regeneration project will show how we are putting this right, not only by creating genuinely affordable housing to meet local needs, but also by using our beautiful Island landscape to make a sustainable rural community that respects and supports our Biosphere designation.”Chris Ashman, the Director of Regeneration – The Isle of Wight Council
Building a UNESCO Global Geopark?
The parks are learning spaces for sustainable development, and areas that advance the protection and use of geological heritage in a sustainable way and promote the economic well-being of local people as well as ideal spaces in which to develop sustainable tourism. The Geoparks are very much a community-led partnerships that promote an appreciation of natural and cultural heritage while supporting the sustainable economic development of the area.
Branstone Park will be part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks scheme. These are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.