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.


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.



Leighton Jones


Middleton Lakes – gravel pits to RSPB Nature Reserve

Forthcoming Talk


Monday, 15 May 2017 – 8:00pm


Knowle Village Hall


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.

Bulb planting – Phase 2

It’s that time of year again! We will be starting the second phase of the bulb planting on Tuesday 1st November 2016. We are starting at the bottom of Stripes Hill (Warwick Road) by the garden centre and the Knowle Sign. We plan to move from Warwick Road to Kenilworth Road in the afternoon. We will continue on Wednesday 2nd November along Hampton Road in the morning and Warwick Road between Wychwood roundabout and the village in the afternon. Volunteers will be required from 10am to 3pm.

If you could spare us an hour of two to join the fun, it would be much appreciated. Many hands make light work. Most of the heavy labour will be done by a team from Amey. No experience is necessary, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

We are delighted to have the Guides and Scouts helping us out on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th November.

Please let Liz Hulse know if you can help or just turn up on the day with strong shoes and gloves.