The Community Trust has just published two new leaflets in conjunction with Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust to help people explore Warley Woods in a different way and find out more about the wildlife that can be found here.
The bird identification bookletwas written by Steven Hodgkinson from the Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape Project and was designed by Paul Gardiner, a freelance designer who undertook this work as a volunteer. It takes you through the four main habitats of the site – parkland, woodland, golf course and conifers and describes three birds that can be found in each.
The other new leaflet is a guide to the Wilderness showing a sample of the wild plants and insects that can be found there, with pictures helping you to identify them. While the leaflet can not cover the myriad of wild things that are making The Wilderness their home. It should help to whet your appetite and bring a new dimension to a walk through this newly created area. This leaflet was designed by Richard Saunders of Bacroom Design who went to extraordinary lengths to source all the different photos that we needed. Text was provided by Paul Stevenson and Mike Bloxham of the Wildlife Trust who undertook the surveys on the Wilderness in 2009.
Copies of the leaflet can be collected from The Pavilion or downloaded here. Bird Leaflet. The Wilderness. Any schools or other groups wanting to use the leaflets for an activity session at Warley Woods can request multiple copies. Just call the office. 0121 420 1061
The Trust had recently taken out a lease on two buggies because its old buggies had become very unreliable. The use of a buggy is esssential to a whole group of our golf customers who are elderly and can no longer walk the whole course. We charge a hire fee for the buggies to cover their costs, but they are not a profit making activity.
They were taken off the course on Saturday at around 5pm and a helpful resident called us to tell us our buggies were being driven down Abbey Crescent. The police have been informed, but we think perhaps they will be abandoned somewhere when they run out of charge. The buggies are single seater and are pale/mid green. If you see them anywhere, please get in touch. We’d be really grateful for any information. Thank you.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ will be performed in the Woods on Friday July 1st by the Heartbreak Theatre Company. Tickets will be on sale in the shop or online: http://www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk (There is no fee for booking online) £12 for adults, £8 children, £35 for 2 adults and 2 children. On Thursday 23rd June we will be having a History evening. There will be displays about the history of the Woods and members of the Smethwick History Society will be there to talk informally about the history of the site. We are hoping to have old postcards and other pictures available, as well as our copy of Repton’s Red Book which was the original document leading to the landscaping of the Park. Also, if you have old photos of the park please bring them along to share with others. The evening starts at 7.30 and no booking is required.
Many thanks to Lisa and Gordon, 2 of our members who have recently married, and who asked for donations to the Trust rather than wedding presents. They have given us £1400 which is a fabulous gesture of support. The Woods is a special place for so many people and if you’d also like to make a donation for a special event or in memory of someone please contact the office and talk to Viv or Kathy. Walk for the Woods was a great success with over £1900 being raised—considerably more than last year. Thanks to all who took part—let’s make it even bigger next year!
The Green Play Rangers will be in the park on 3 dates in June: Thursday 2nd from 11am—4 pm; 9th from 3.30 to 5.30 pm; and 16th from 3.30 pm—5.30 pm. Drop in and drop out as you wish. We have 2 new leaflets available. A Bird Identification Booklet prepared by the Wildlife Trust and showing 12 different birds that can be seen in the woods; also a booklet about The Wilderness, again prepared by the Wildlife Trust and with illustrations of the various flora and fauna that can be seen there. These are free and are available from the shop or office. Steve Hodgkinson from the Wildlife Trust is going to lead a course on making rustic fences on July 1-2. This is free. If you are interested in learning this skill please contact Viv at the office for more details.
We will be having the Volunteers Thank You Evening on Wednesday June 1st at 7 pm. This is an opportunity to thank everyone who has volunteered for the Trust over the last year, and refreshments are provided. Volunteers should be receiving their invitations shortly. The play area drainage has now been done and we hope that there will be no more puddles!! Also we have 7 new dog bins and they will be put in over the next few weeks. The park is a very busy place – apart from the regular activities there have been 6 schools visits over the last 3 weeks— mainly looking at the Wilderness and how that is developing. They used the new leaflet to help identify the various plants there. Thanks to Liz Coleman and Steve Hodgkinson for the highly informative bird identification day last Saturday. Maybe we can repeat this in the future. Finally don’t forget the Big Prize Draw where the prize is a new Fiat 500. Tickets (£2) are available by following this link or from the Trust shop.
Come and join us on Easter Monday, April 25th for the Easter Extravaganza. Bring your decorated egg; join in the egg rolling; take part in the Easter Trail; come to the activities in the Pavilion. Starts at 11 am on the top of the meadow by the Upper St Mary’s Road entrance.
This year is the TENTH Picnic in the Park! It will be on Sunday July 17th and all the usual activities and some new ones will be there. We are planning to produce a souvenir programme available on the day and if you would like to advertise your business in the programme please can you get in touch with the office to register an interest (420 1061).
Volunteer Sunday coincides with Easter Day this year. Anyone who wants to join us will be welcome. It is likely that we will be concentrating on doing a litter pick to try and keep the park looking good for the rest of the weekend. Come to the Pavilion at 10.30 if you want to help. Volunteer Monday will not take place on May Day Bank Holiday, May 2nd. Instead there will be a litter pick on Tuesday May 3rd at 10.30 am
to clear up after the Bank Holiday.
On Saturday May 14th Liz Coleman from RSPB and Steve Hodgkinson from the Black Country Wildlife Trust will lead a Bird Identification morning. This will be from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. The cost will be £5 for adults and free for children (suitable for those aged over 13). Anyone attending will be the first to receive a copy of the Trust’s new bird leaflet.
Are you interested in the Biodiversity of the park? If you are, and want to look at ways which we might improve this aspect of the site, please come to an open meeting on Tuesday May 3rd at 7.30 pm at the Pavilion. This is the start of a process and if you can’t come to this meeting there are likely to be more in the future, so you can let the office know if you would like to be kept informed of activities of this group.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ is the play being performed in the Woods by Heartbreak Theatre Company on Friday July 1st. Tickets will be on sale in the shop from Tuesday May 3rd, or online: www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk
New in the shop this month! Local sustainable charcoal from the Malvern Hills at £8 per bag; glass coasters with views of Warley Woods £2.49 each. The Origami kits are also selling well, so come and have a look at these and also see what else we have on sale.
Do you want to win a Fiat 500? If so, enter the Big Prize Draw for small charities. The tickets cost £2 and £1.90 of this comes to Warley Woods to help our funds. Buy your tickets from the shop in the Pavilion or on line: Car draw
If you are reading this and are a member of Warley Woods Community Trust—thank you for your support. If you are not a member why not think about joining? The cost is only £6 for an individual, £3 concession and £12 for a family, and you would be showing your commitment to supporting the work being done to keep the park and the golf course in great shape. Click here to download an application form, or come to the shop and pick up a form there.
Charity number: 1092754