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:-
https://socialsolihull.org.uk/peopleplacenature/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/07/AFTS-leaflet-FINAL.pdf
or contact the Conservation of Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology  Team on 0121 704 6391.

THE VALUE OF TREES – 21 MAY 2018 KNOWLE VILLAGE HALL 8pm

THE VALUE OF TREES

             THIS ?                          

OR THIS ?   

IAN MCDERMOTT
THE VALUE OF TREES – 21 MAY 2018
KNOWLE VILLAGE HALL 8pm

Trees have always been close to the heart of The Knowle Society. We have fought for the preservation of the many fine specimens that stand proud in our corner of ‘Urbs in Rure’ and have planted more ourselves on a number of special occasions, such as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and our own Silver Jubilee in 1987 and Golden Jubilee in 2012.
So, it will be with great interest that we welcome for our May Speaker Evening one of the West Midlands leading authorities on Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Ian McDermott to reassure us on ‘The Value of Trees’.
From an interest that took root at Pershore College of Horticulture, Ian has enjoyed a long career as a specialist consultant arborist. His work has ranged from advising a number of local authorities to training a host of tree wardens, whilst becoming a highly respected and influential voice amongst those professionals who plant and maintain trees.
We look forward to Ian’s visit to the Village Hall on Monday 21st May at 8pm, to talk about the importance of trees in the environment and consider how the work of tree care and management has developed over a generation.
All are welcome to join us.

KNOWLE PARK NATURE RESERVE PROFITS FROM TESCO BAGS MONEY

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.

Knowle Streamside Trust Management Committee

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 parksmanagement@solihull.gov.uk.  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 – arebeiro@solihull.gov.uk

Full details here

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE KNOWLE CONSERVATION AREA

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:-
http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/Planning/Knowle_Appraisal.pdf

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:-

https://www.kdbh-np.org/copy-of-draft-np

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.