Proposed habitat improvements to keep protected slow-worms safe in Kingston

A proposal has been made for environmental improvements in Bonner Hill Cemetery, to support the protected species of slow-worm known to be living there.

If approved, the work will see habitat improvements made, as well as a long-term plan put in place to ensure that the protected population’s home is safeguarded for the future.

The proposal marks the start of a programme of environmental improvements in the cemetery. 

It will include additional habitat for slow-worms being moved from the Council’s nearby housing development site, which will be providing much-needed council homes for Kingston residents.

The work will be overseen by specialist ecologists and the population will be monitored in the coming years.

Cllr Emily Davey, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

We are committed to both protecting the local environment and delivering much needed council homes across the borough to help meet the housing crisis. 


The proposed habitat improvements at the cemetery will create a space where our slow-worm population’s habitat will be protected in the long-term, while also enabling us to deliver energy efficient low cost rented housing for local residents.

Published: 27th August 2021