Warley Woods

Warley Woods is a 100 acre community park which is a mix of woodland, open meadow and a golf course. It has registered, grade 2 status with English Heritage because of its historic plan, designed by Humphry Repton. The park is designated as a Site of Important Nature Conservation and a Site of Local Importance to Nature Conservation. Warley Woods began its life as private parkland for the Galton family in the 18th Century. It was saved from being developed for housing by public subscription and was opened as public park in 1906, and became known as “The People’s Park”. Its public building is The Pavilion which is home to Warley Woods Community Trust and hosts its shop, a cafe, a meeting room and public toilets.

The Trust

Warley Woods Community Trust was set up to restore and manage Warley Woods Park as an asset for the local community. It is a registered charity, managed by a volunteer board of 15 local residents and a small staff and has a growing membership of more than 1,000, many of whom volunteer to help maintain the beauty of the park.

The Community Trust was formed in 1997, following the demolition of the old glasshouses at the heart of the park. At this time the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) established the Urban Parks Programme. With the help of officers from Sandwell council, residents put together a bid to restore the park to its former glory, and this was finally accepted by HLF in 1999. The Trust formally took over running the site in 2004.

Our mission

To ensure the long-term restoration and sustainability of Warley Woods Park, and to develop its facilities and events as a central focus for the local community, thus encouraging greater numbers and diversity of people to enjoy this unique environment.

If you love Warley Woods then why not play your part and join this special organisation.  If you aren't ready for that yet, then just make a small donation to help keep Warley Woods looking good.

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