Bulbs – shooting up, please help us complete the funding

It is great news that the appeal for funding this year’s planned bulb planting is now two thirds of the way there, helped in part (£260) by the coffee morning kindly run by Barclays Bank. Please help us to reach our target of £3500 as soon as possible so we can plant in time for next Spring’s flowering. See here for full details of the project and how to contribute to it.

Spot the connection – Banking, Bulbs & Coffee

Those lovely Spring bulbs that we all enjoy each year on our roadside verges have caught the imagination of the staff at Barclays Bank in Knowle. They have invited everyone to join them for a coffee morning at the bank, behind the bus shelter on Knowle Green, from 10am on Friday 8th May. They will be serving coffee and cakes that they have baked themselves in aid of The Knowle Society’s project to plant up the verges of all the main access roads into Knowle. Thank you to the bank staff for their kind support of this project.

A Host of Golden Daffodils…(and crocuses and snowdrops) for Knowle

We are planning to plant bulbs in the grass verges along all the main road entrances into Knowle to provide a colourful and welcoming scene every spring. Our vision is that, by extensive planting of spring flowering bulbs we will create an impressive and beautiful annual display lasting several months.

The proposal is, that over a four-year period, all five of the main entrances to Knowle, will be planted with a mixture of snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.

We ask you to support this ambitious project to enhance our beautiful village. We are very fortunate, as Amey, main contractor to Solihull Council, has offered to undertake the necessary groundwork free of charge. However, we do need donations to cover the purchasing of the bulbs.

We have estimated that the cost of purchasing the bulbs required to complete the four year project will be approximately £15,000, £3,500 each year.

All donors will, unless they request otherwise, be acknowledged in the Knowle Society Newsletter. If you would like to donate in memory of a loved one, we can include their name. We can accept donations by cheque, by bank transfer, online or by cash.

For further details of the Knowle Entrance Enhancement Project and how to donate to this project see the Natural Environment page. Alternatively you can give here through our direct link to CAF Donate.

Good news for the Park

SMBC has informed the Society that the water running across the path in the park is thought to be from a naturally occurring spring rather than the result of a leak and the Council’s drainage team is looking at a solution to divert the water away from the path.

The park will also show signs of Spring in another way shortly as the tennis courts whose year round use always increases in the Spring, are to receive a new playing surface and new posts. Notices will be erected when the start date is known.

WANTED! – Persons with an interest in the Natural Environment of Knowle

Your Natural Environment Committee is very active and has plenty of plans to look after and enhance the green spaces in and around Knowle. What it is short of is people to help. We’d be very pleased to receive enquiries from anyone interested in helping. If you can help occasionally and can be called on when needed for a ‘litter pick’ or bulb/flower planting session that’d be great. If you are willing to be more involved and join the committee, even better. What we are really need is a chairman for the committee. It’s not a talking shop but a committee that does things.

If you are interested please contact me (Leighton Jones) at chairman@knowlesociety.org.uk or 01564 773894.