2018 Arden Free Tree Scheme now open!

Arden free tree portraitWe are running a ‘free tree’ initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the rural character of Solihull in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

The Arden Free Tree Scheme promotes the planting of traditional native trees in the borough, restoring features typical of the wider local landscape whilst also reducing carbon in the atmosphere.

The scheme is open to any individuals or groups wishing to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land, within Solihull.

Landowners in the borough who wish to plant new hedgerows and trees can apply by sending in a location map, sketched plan and list of species. A Solihull Council Ecologist will then visit the site to discuss the plan in person, and adapt it if necessary.

Applications need to be submitted by the end of August. Proposed projects will be taken forward for selection in September, and successful applicants will then receive free trees and plants in time for the planting season (November – March).
Please note, single specimen trees cannot be supplied for gardens but groups of standards may be supplied for wood-pasture creation.

Further information about the scheme is available at:-
or contact the Conservation of Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology  Team on 0121 704 6391.


The fundraising committee for the Knowle Village Hall has arranged “ An Evening at the Opera” with Gaynor Keeble ( mezzo soprano) and Friends on Saturday ,8th September at the Hall  : 7.30p.m.  Gaynor is a well known Opera singer, having been with the English National Opera, and has sung many roles at the Royal Opera House and other places. The programme will be of popular classics as well as some G. and S etc.She has also sung in oratorios such as “The Dream of Gerontius”

Tickets £8.50 . Available from Carolyn Abbott on 01564 779898 and from Stephen Yeomans 01564 778163.

Celebrating Anniversary of Conservation Area

Knowle will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the designation of our Conservation Area on Saturday 21st July. Please put the date in your diary now.


With the Church and Guild House at its heart, the Conservation Area has 87 nationally and locally listed buildings and protects our village. Our celebrations, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, will be for all the family, and will include:

  • A Trail for the children to follow and find answers to clues as shown on a Treasure Map;
  • Guided walking tours of the village;
  • the opening of the church tower;
  • an exhibition marquee outside the Guild House;
  • Afternoon teas in the Guild House. There will be a longer walk from the Legion to The Guild House at 12:00 noon and a shorter walk from the Guild House to the Library at 2:00pm. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. More guided walks will be arranged subject to demand.
  • The high point of the day will be the visit of the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Flo Nash, who will mark the occasion by cutting the celebration cake at 1.30pm.


Brown bin problems

Recent problems with brown bins splitting has lead to a delay in replacement.

Knowle Library has been able to provide temporary help.

“If your brown recycling bin is cracked then the library now holds a supply of brown recycling bags which you can collect from us.
Please ensure you report your broken bin.”

See more about the story here.


The Council are proposing to make an additional charge of 20p/hr for the first two hours of parking in Knowle car parks.
This has been brought forward with little consultation with local Councillors and NONE with the Society or local traders, all of whom were involved in the recent changes to the free period. 
 No other areas outside the Town Centre are subject to this increase.  The Society are very strongly objecting to the proposal and the way in which it has been ‘handled’.

The detailed proposals are in the Council Minutes at:


See Item 6 and Appendix E