Our next event is the Tenth Picnic in the Park on Sunday July 17th from 1.00 pm onwards. As usual local musicians will be playing throughout the afternoon; the dog show will be held from 2 –3 pm; there will be children’s activities; lots of local organisations will be here with their stalls; there will be golf and football activities and plenty more besides. So, as we say every year—bring your friends, bring your family, bring a picnic and enjoy a great day out in your local park.
In conjunction with the Picnic the running group, Warley Woods Pacers, will be having a breakfast run on the morning of July 17th before coming on to the picnic. For more information contact Nigel at email@example.com We are looking for second hand books for the stall at the picnic and also tombola prizes.
If you can help with anything please drop them in to the shop or office as soon as possible.
Following 2 very high scores in our Green Flag assessment we are being ‘mystery shopped’ by the judges this year which means we don’t know when they will come to the site—in fact they might already have been! While a full Green Flag assessment looks at much more than appearance for mystery shopping they judge on appearance, assuming that if it looks good, all the management stuff is working well too. This makes it even more important that we keep the park and woods looking good at all times and if you see anything that needs attention please tell the staff in the shop or office.
If you haven’t been round the Wilderness recently, do try and get there. The flowers look wonderful and the whole area is developing nicely. We also have a new free Leaflet about the Wilderness which you can pick up in the shop at the Pavilion, which tells you about some of the flora and fauna that can be found there. One of the wildflower meadow pilot areas is also doing well with lots of yellow rattle in flower at the moment.
Don’t forget that after the café closes in the afternoons drinks, snacks and ice creams are available from the shop. And finally if you are out in the Woods and suddenly feel inspired to donate, you can now make donations by mobile phone. Text “WWCT22” and the amount you want to donate to 70070. eg WWCT22 £10
The Community Trust has just taken delivery of its new greensmower and compliments have already started to come in about the improvement to the greens. The previous mower was 8 years old and the quality of its cut had become very unreliable and variable. The purchase of the new greenmower has been made possible through a grant from Sandwell MBC. Not only is it new, but it has additional features which will help ensure the quality of the greens at Warley Woods will continue to remain high.
After the runaway success of professional theatre in the Woods last year, Warley Woods Community Trust is really pleased to welcome the return of Heartbreak Productions on Friday 1st July with a performance of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is part of their national tour, celebrating 20 years of outdoor productions.
Heartbreak’s productions are really accessible and designed to involve the audience in every way they can – not just as observers. The production promises to resonate with everyone who has ever been in love. It has been adapted by the company’s writer in residence, David Kerby Kendall and will highlight the wit, fun and absurdities of the characters. The drama is intermingled with period dance, music and song.
Last year was an absolutely fabulous event and we are so pleased to be able to arrange a return visit. Everyone who came was thoroughly impressed by the performers and promised to come again this year. As hoped, theatre has become a real highlight in our events calendar. Bookings are going really well, but we still have room for more.”
Audience members bring their own seats or picnic rugs and picnics if they wish. Food, drinks and ice creams will also be available to buy. The performance will take place, come rain or hopefully shine and starts at 7.30pm. The performance area will be open from 6.30pm if people want to come early, find a seating spot and have a picnic. The performance area is equal distances from parking on Lightwoods Hill or off Abbey Road, but people with mobility problems or a large picnic to carry will find the journey more level from Abbey Road.
Ticket sales on 0121 429 2440, at the shop at The Pavilion, Lightwoods Hill or at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk . Tickets cost £12 adults, £10 children and £35 for a family ticket.
Any queries, please call 0121 420 1061
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
Charity number: 1092754