5. Green Wedges

Skellingthorpe Green Wedge

The Skellingthorpe Green Wedge links with the City of Lincoln’s Wedges on the north-eastern side of the Fossdyke, to the east of Swanpool (and via this Wedge links to Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes within the City’s built-up area), and at Hospital Plantation/Skellingthorpe Moor Plantation.

Landscape - The Wedge’s character is generally open, but varies from low-lying and flat in eastern parts, to gently undulating, and well wooded in the west. Woodland alongside the A46 provides a strong feeling of enclosure, and on emerging from this enclosed section, the elevated highway provides spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral and the City.

Recreation - There are no bridleways within the Wedge, and footpaths are limited in number. However, the Sustrans cycle route provides pedestrian and cycle access between Skellingthorpe and the City.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains no County Wildlife Sites, but links the extensive grassland habitat of West Common with the woodland of Hospital Plantation/Skellingthorpe Moor Plantation.

Settlement pattern - The Wedge separates Skellingthorpe from the City of Lincoln.

Hykeham Pits Green Wedge

The Hykeham/Whisby Pits Green Wedge does not directly link with any of the City of Lincoln’s Wedges. However, it relates closely to the Swanholme Lakes Wedge to the north-east.

Landscape - The Wedge is dominated by a complex series of lakes and pools, linked by narrow embankments. Dramatic views across this unusual landscape are available from the elevated A46.

Recreation - The lakes are used for an extensive range of water sports, and the Wedge includes the recreation ground at Newark Road, North Hykeham. Use for passive recreation is available at the Millennium Green, off Station Road, North Hykeham.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains one County Wildlife Sites, and is part of a chain of lakes within North Kesteven and the City of Lincoln that together form an important habitat, especially for overwintering wildfowl.

Settlement pattern - Land in this part of the District is subject to development pressure, and the Wedge identifies those parts of the area that are sensitive lakeside environments.

Witham Valley Green Wedge

Together with the City of Lincoln Green Wedge to the north, this Wedge takes in the whole of the Witham valley from South Hykeham to Boultham.

Landscape - The Wedge has a flat, valley-floor character and is intensively farmed. Long views into the City of Lincoln are available, focussed upon the Cathedral, and channelled and narrowed by the existing development to the west and east.

Recreation - The Wedge contains the Fen Lane, North Hykeham playing field, and the River Witham is used for angling. Footpath and bridleway access is limited.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains no County Wildlife Sites, but the River Witham and its banks have habitat importance. Land within the City of Lincoln Green Wedge to the north is also of wildlife value.

Settlement pattern - The Wedge separates North Hykeham from South Hykeham, and North Hykeham from Waddington Brant Road.

Waddington/Bracebridge Heath Green Wedge

The Waddington/Bracebridge Heath Green Wedge links with the City of Lincoln’s Wedge covering South Common, Bracebridge Old Clay Pit, Cross O’Cliff Orchard and Bennett’s Field.

Landscape - The Wedge covers the Lincoln Cliff scarp slope, which is the dominant landscape feature of the District, and which is identified as an Area of Great Landscape Value. Spectacular views are available over the Witham and Trent valleys.

Recreation - The Viking Way long-distance footpath runs along the Cliff top, and there are significant footpath links between the City, Bracebridge Heath and the Wedge.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains no County Wildlife Sites, but the mature hedges and trees of the area also provide important wildlife habitat. Land immediately to the north, within the City of Lincoln’s boundaries is also of wildlife value.

Settlement pattern - Separates Bracebridge Heath from Lincoln, and Waddington village from Waddington Brant Road.

Canwick/Bracebridge Heath Green Wedge

The Canwick/Bracebridge Heath Green Wedge links with the City of Lincoln’s Wedge covering South Common, Bracebridge Old Clay Pit, Cross O’Cliff Orchard and Bennett’s Field. Via the City of Lincoln Wedge it also links with the Waddington/Bracebridge Heath Green Wedge.

Landscape - The Wedge is a largely featureless plateau area at the top of the Lincoln Cliff scarp slope, from which excellent uninterrupted views of Lincoln Cathedral and the City are available.

Recreation - The Viking Way long-distance footpath runs along the Wedge’s western boundary, but there are no footpath or bridleway routes within the Wedge itself.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains no County Wildlife Sites.

Settlement pattern - Together with South Common, it separates Bracebridge Heath from the City of Lincoln.

Canwick/Washingborough Green Wedge

The Canwick/Washingborough Green Wedge links with the City of Lincoln’s Washingborough /Canwick Green Wedges to the north, and with the City of Lincoln’s South Common Green Wedge to the west. Via the South Common Wedge it also links to the Waddington/Bracebridge Heath Wedge.

Landscape - The Wedge incorporates the southern side of the Witham valley. Most of it is steeply sloping, but those parts to the north of Washingborough Road are relatively flat. The majority of the Wedge is arable farmland, with large fields defined by low hedgerows but it also includes a golf course. Tree cover is sparse except at Canwick village and Canwick Park Golf Club. Fine views of Lincoln Cathedral and the City are available from Heighington Road, and from Lincoln Road, Washingborough.

Recreation - A footpath and the Sustrans cycle route run alongside the River, but otherwise, public access to the Wedge is limited. Western parts of the Wedge are made up of Canwick Park Golf Club.

Wildlife - The Wedge contains one County Wildlife Site, but the River Witham and its banks, and the mature woodland at Canwick have habitat importance. Land at the north-western end of the Wedge, within the City of Lincoln’s boundaries, is also of wildlife value.

Settlement pattern - The Wedge separates Canwick from the City of Lincoln, and Washingborough from Canwick and the City. In particular the gap between Canwick and Lincoln is very narrow, but the dense tree planting of the golf course provides an important visual buffer.

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