APOLOGIES FOR LATE NOTICE.
DUE TO THE SNOW, THIS HAS BEEN REARRANGED FOR THIS THURSDAY 22 MARCH 11am – 4pm
ALL HELP APPRECIATED
The money we were awarded from the Tesco plastic bags 5p charge will be well spent providing materials to improve the paths in the Nature Reserve.
Solihull Conservation Volunteers and a 5 person team from ARUP will be working with Adam Noon, creating paths around the stone marker at the entrance to the LNR in Knowle Park
this Sunday, March 18 from 10.30 to 16.00.
They would welcome any support from Knowle Society members and local residents, even if only for an hour or so during the day.
The Knowle Streamside Trust manages a tract of woodland to the rear of Wychwood Avenue, Knowle, and The Management Committee reports to Solihull Council as Trustees. The Management Committee is made up of the 3 Ward Councillors and 3 elected members resident in Knowle and holds its meetings in Knowle Library. The term of office is 3 years and the term for the current resident members expires on 31st March 2018. Anybody who is interested in becoming a member can register their interest with the Public Realm Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details of the role of members and the application process opens in the document “Advertisement”. The chair of the Knowle Streamside Trust (Councillor Alan Rebeiro) would also be happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the Management Committee – email@example.com
Full details here
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Knowle Conservation Area, in which the Society played a major part. It covers most of the High Street and parts of the roads adjoining it. The establishment has had a great influence in preserving the best of this area and in guiding the developments to protect its character.
The document describing the Area and its ‘rules’ can be found at:-
This leads me to mention the most important local document since then – the Neighbourhood Plan. This has reached a critical stage where it needs your help and input. As you will know it is being produced by the Neighbourhood Forum, a body established at Knowle Society’s initiative. The Plan is now at its final Draft stage and the Forum is extremely keen to get your views on it, to ensure it is as good as it possibly can be.
Consultation on the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Draft Neighbourhood Plan ends at midnight on the 12 January 2018. Make sure your views are known before it’s too late!
The Draft Plan can be viewed online at:-
and reference copies are available at Knowle Library. Printed copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan are available to borrow for up to a week from Liz Hulse 07598 641463 or DDRA 01564 772410.
Please look at this and comment, even if only on one or two of the sections.
Following the wholesale felling of trees on some of the Council’s proposed development areas, Knowle Society and the Neighbourhood Forum, with the assistance of our local Councillors persuaded the Council to place Tree Protection Orders on SOME of the land.
We were not able to persuade them to cover ALL the land as there had been no felling on other parts.
If you see ANY signs of trees being worked on, in any of the areas, please contact the Council AT ONCE.
You can also contact local Councillors. Numbers and emails on the Council
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:-
HALL GREEN STRATFORD RD
SOLIHULL TESCO EXTRA
BIRMINGHAM ALCESTER RD