Knowle society bags Tesco cash For nature reserve

Knowle Society is one of three groups in this Tesco region selected to receive a cash award in the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. Tesco shoppers will decide who will receive the top grant.  All those shopping in local Tesco stores between 1 September and 31 October 2017 will have a chance to vote for the project of their choice using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.  The award will be one of £4,000; £2,000 and £1,000 and we need your help to get the most out of this.


For your information the rule is that Tesco shoppers will be given a token with every transaction and encouraged to vote for the local project they would like to see receive funding using the voting unit in store. If you are not offered one, PLEASE ask.

The money will be used to improve the Local Nature Reserve which is well used by the local community. In recent years the access to and facilities at the site have deteriorated. Paths have become impassable, signage illegible and biodiversity threatened. In the summer much of the reserve is virtually inaccessible due to brambles, nettles and other vegetation. The signage, which would increase awareness and understanding of the area, is now difficult to read and in a very poor state.

The Knowle Society has contacted local youth groups who use the park and they are interested in taking part in works to improve the site. The Friends of Knowle Park have also pledged their support for this project.
Depending on the amount we receive, the money will be used to 

  • – firstly, purchase materials to improve the pathways;
  • – secondly, buy bird and bat boxes to encourage nesting;
  • – thirdly, provide signs to help identify the plants, butterflies and other creatures which make the nature reserve their home.

This project has the full support of SMBC, the owners of the site. Volunteers will undertake the work so the funding will only finance the purchase of materials.  This project will have a long-term impact on the LNR and benefit future generations.

YOU USE YOUR BLUE TOKEN EVERY TIME YOU SHOP IN A LOCAL TESCO STORE.PLEASE HELP BY ENSURING

The stores where you can vote for us are:-
KNOWLE
DORRIDGE
KINGS HEATH

HALL GREEN STRATFORD RD

HALL GREEN

LODE HEATH

SOLIHULL  TESCO EXTRA

DICKENS HEATH

ROBIN HOOD

BIRMINGHAM ALCESTER RD

Library tree – update

The Library Tree
Those who have walked past or used the Library recently will have seen that the copper beech tree has been removed.  It had been causing too many problems for library users and passers-by.

The Society was hoping to commission an artist to create a sculpture to take its place, using the trunk.  Unfortunately, the timber was not suitable, so we are exploring an alternative source for a suitable piece.

The tree outside the library

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.

VILLAGE GREENS – THE END OF THE ROAD

I am very pleased to be able to report that, 4 years after we made applications for Village Greens status for three areas of land (and several years before in preparation) two areas below have now been Registered as Village Greens and preserved as open spaces.  It only  remains for us to enjoy them for ever. My deepest thanks to all those who assisted in whatever way to make this possible.

AREA C VILLAGE GREEN REGISTRATION DISPLAY

AREA D VILLAGE GREEN REGISTRATION DISPLAY

Leighton Jones

 

Middleton Lakes – gravel pits to RSPB Nature Reserve

Forthcoming Talk

Details
Date:

Monday, 15 May 2017 – 8:00pm

Location:

Knowle Village Hall

Speaker:

Chris Edwards

 

Knowle Society’s 2017/18 Speaker Meeting programme kicks off when former RSPB Communications Manger, Chris Edwards, tells the fascinating story of RSPB’s Middleton Lakes Reserve.

Just over a decade ago, the 400 acre site was a cluster of gravel pits, but now it is a network of trails around a jigsaw of hides, lookouts, meadows, wetlands, lakes and ponds that are bird spotter’s paradise.

Strolling the trails, which lie nestled between the River Tame and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the visitor can readily spot swans, gliding gracefully across the lakes, and then the ducks and other fowl bobbing along in the streams. For the more eagle eyed, there is now a bounty of birdlife to feast on, including the haughty heron waiting patiently on a high branch to the sparrowhawk soaring and circling overhead to the sandpiper spying from the bank.