Did you receive a knock on your door this summer from a group of ecologists? Or a phone call from Cranfield University? During July and August a group of five people from the F3UES project undertook surveys of plants, soils, invertebrates and hydrology in green spaces across Milton Keynes, Bedford, Luton, Dunstable and Newport Pagnell. Much of the green space in urban areas is privately owned and to reach a wide range of different types of green space in the survey areas we needed the assistance of many land owners in the area. These are too numerous to list individually here, but include representatives from educational institutions (primary schools, secondary schools, colleges), businesses (business parks, industrial estates and shopping centres), sports grounds (leisure centres, sport pavilions and grounds and stadiums), and other public facilities, including churchyards, cemeteries, allotments, Fire and Rescue Service buildings, pubs, hotels and the grounds of public housing buildings. Much of the green space in urban areas is made up of domestic gardens and we are very grateful to the many householders who kindly allowed the field team to traipse a weird and wonderful assortment of equipment through their houses, to sample in their gardens, and provided welcoming cups of tea and interesting discussions. We are also received much assistance from staff at Bedford Borough Council, Luton Borough Council and Milton Keynes Council, who assisted with information about public and council-managed green spaces, and many other enquiries.
Our heartfelt thanks to all those who facilitated access to these different green spaces. The successful completion of this season’s data collection could not have been done without the cooperation and support of so many people. We are very grateful for all your help and we look forward to sharing our findings from the work on this website in due course.