Cromwell's Crossing Reserve
A three hectare site that runs along the south bank of the River Severn in Worcester, Betts Estates acquired the land from Persimmon Homes, following a residential development to the south of the city. The urban site lies opposite the confluence with the River Teme and the historically important fields where Cromwell fought Charles II at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
Working to develop this important ecological corridor amongst a built-up, residential area, Betts Estates focused primarily on biodiversity protection and natural enhancement.
Notable habitats and species include an old coppice with badger setts that are massed with bluebells in spring, a flood meadow, an otter population, a club-tailed dragonfly and several bats that feed along the river and roost on site. The establishment of a science-based management plan was a high priority, and this helped to determine the most appropriate works to support habitat diversity and species richness. Ongoing projects at Cromwell’s Crossing Reserve will provide further amenities for local residents and visitors to enjoy and study the site’s wildlife and unique history.