Backstones Open Space is a natural recreation area on the boundary of Mulberry Park which is ideal for dog walking, picnics and informal play.
As the local population grows with the completion of Mulberry Park, we expect that Backstones will become an increasingly important local recreation space.
This area is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI), because its species-rich grassland is a rare and important habitat for a range of unusual or protected plants and animals, including orchids and butterflies. Britain has lost around 97% of this habitat in the past 100 years, and we have a responsibility as a council to protect and restore these habitats where they occur. Any changes we make to Backstones will need to take account of, and continue to protect, the importance of the grassland habitat.
At the same time, we recognise the importance of local green spaces for play and recreation, and there is a growing demand to use this space for informal games and activities.