SOCIETY SUNDAY AFTERNOON STROLL
This will be an opportunity seldom available, to enjoy a walk around the Blythe Valley Nature Reserve with an extension to the Stratford Canal.
Meet at the Reserve Car Park – call at the Blythe Valley Business Park security office for instructions (allow a little extra time for this). The entrance to the Park is off J4 of the M42, Postcode B90 8AA.
Meet in time to start the walk at 2:00pm. The walk is 4 miles long, reasonably flat.
WE ARE PILOTING A SCHEME TO ARRANGE LIFTS FOR THOSE UNABLE TO GET THERE UNDER THEIR OWN STEAM.
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO OFFER A LIFT, OR WOULD LIKE ONE, PLEASE EMAIL WALKS@KNOWLESOCIETY.ORG.UK TO SAY IF YOU ARE OFFERING OR WOULD LIKE A LIFT AND WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.
Our exhibition on the above ancient (circa 1560), beautifully restored building is now showing in the Local History Centre (upstairs in Knowle library), and is free to view at any time during library opening hours.
As seen through the foliage on Hampton Road whilst on one of Knowle Society’s organised walks.
Over the last few years many will know that there have been a number of incidents/complaints about the state of the paving stones around the tree outside the library. Some of these have involved a number of people slipping and falling due to the disturbance caused by the roots lifting the paving slabs. They also become very slippery due to rain, roosting pigeons leaving waste and fallen leaves etc. Sadly, efforts to improve matters over several years have been unsuccessful. It has become, dare we say, a genuine Health and Safety Risk.
The situation has been under investigation for some time. Knowle Society has been fully informed and consulted throughout the Council’s investigations and attended site visits with our Councillors and others. We were all very keen that the tree should be retained if at all possible. However, we have reluctantly accepted that it has sadly grown too big for its location with its roots spreading ever further. It will only continue to grow even bigger as it is not an old tree (25 years to be precise).
However on the bright side, the Society has been in contact with a tree sculptor and the intention is to save enough of the trunk of the tree to allow the sculptor to create a feature in place of the tree outside the entrance to the library. The Society is prepared to find funding for this enhancement to the approach to the Library. We are advised that the Council will plant other trees, ideally in Knowle, to take the place of the one we are losing.
The tree will be removed over the next week, followed by works to reinstate the paving. The works will cause some obstruction to the usual entrance into the Library, but access will be retained via the rear entrance.