Warley Woods is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. It is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award. The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the sixth year running from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that local people are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. The Community Trust has been managing the site for 10 years now and everyone at the Community Trust is very proud of our track record of high standards.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy. Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”
We will be proudly flying our new 2014-15 Green Flag over the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill shortly.
“When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?” ……….on Sunday August 3rd when professional theatre company Heartbreak productions are performing Macbeth in Warley Woods – and unless the weather is dangerous it will go ahead ‘in thunder. lightning or in rain’! You can buy tickets online on this website or from the shop at the Pavilion. £12 for adults, £35 for 2 adults and 2 children. The performance starts at 7.30 pm so do come along and enjoy a great evening of theatre in the wonderful setting of the Woods. You need to bring your own chairs or blanket and by all means bring a picnic as well. Drinks will be available in the interval. Thanks to Derek Spires, the local estate agent for sponsoring this event again.
The free Golf Summer Camps are taking place again over the holidays. There will be 6 days, August 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th and 15th with 3 sessions a day: 4-6 years, 10 am—12 noon; 7-9 years, 12 noon – 2 pm; 10-16 years 2.30 pm –4.30 pm. There are 2 free places per child and they must be booked in advance. Call in or ring the shop to book (429 2440).
Forest Play activities are all booked for the older age group but there are a few spaces for the younger group, the 3-7 year olds. These take place on Thursdays between July 31st and August 28th from 10 am till 12 noon and will include rope swings, den building, stories etc. To book places please either call or e-mail Tracey on 0845 352 7853, firstname.lastname@example.org A parent or carer will need to stay with the child for these activities.
Our annual Bat Walk will be taking place on Friday August 15th, starting at 8.15 pm. It will again be led by the people from Brumbats. No need to book in advance—just turn up. Cost is £3 for an adult, free for children. This includes light refreshments and the use of bat detectors.
Warley Woof are holding their next free seminar on Sunday August 17th from 2 pm — 5 pm at the Pavilion. It is entitled ‘What every responsible dog owner needs to know’ and will be led by Trevor Cooper of Coopers and Co solicitors. Trevor has over 25 years experience as a solicitor and topics likely to be covered include stray dogs, dangerous dogs, Dog Control orders, noise nuisance and much more. Places are limited so you must book in advance 0121 429 2440.
Don’t forget the Twilight Golf Offer which is running throughout the summer. Play golf after 5 pm and the cost is reduced to £7 for 9 holes and £10 for 18. The course is looking great at the moment so come and enjoy these wonderful sunny evenings playing a round of golf.
All about Dogs will be taking place on Sunday September 7th. We are looking for tombola prizes for our stall so if you have anything however small please pop it into the shop/office when you’re passing. Thank you.
On Monday 21st July our Volunteer Monday session will be a little different to usual maintenance work. Paul Stephenson, Senior Ecologist from The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country will be leading the group showing volunteers how to collect and distribute bluebell seeds. We’re doing it to help increase our bluebells over time and we hope if people learn how they will be able to do it whenever they are walking in the Woods at this time of year. If you would like to join in, then come to the shop at the Pavilion at 2pm.