To coincide with the Poppy Appeal 2020 and in collaboration with the Royal British Legion Warwickshire and Birmingham County, Solihull Council has revealed the final design for the Armed Forces Community Garden in Hillfield Park.

Working closely to identify the needs of military personnel and involving local veterans and serving personnel, army medical teams and local community groups, the Council’s landscape architect has designed a garden with three distinct areas offering different habitats and activity levels.

Zone one is the formal garden which will feature a variety of sensory plants, seated areas and places for reflection. Zone two will be a summer meadow providing wild flower walks and a mini orchard. Zone three will be a newly planted community woodland. The whole site will be accessible to all ages and those with mobility issues.

The design is on display in Hillfield Park at the entrance to the area which will become the formal garden. Ground work will begin in January 2021 after the original start date this summer was delayed by the pandemic.   Find out more here.


If you’ve received your Newsletter (if not, it’s on its way) you will have seen the item on this project.  More details are available at:- Preparations are progressing and approaches are being made to various organisations for funding grants and donations.  The main one is for funds that the Council manages and which come from charges placed on new developments in Knowle.  The application has been submitted and we are cautiously hopeful that this will come through.
However, we will need more to enable the project to go ahead.  The first phase needs to be given the go-ahead by the end of October, so time is short.  If you can spare a contribution, small or large, please consider making one at:- Many thanks to those who have already contributed.


The Knowle Society Christmas card will be on sale over the counter at INDIGO ART GALLERY, from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.  Indigo are just across the zebra crossing outside One Stop. We have decided only to issue a single design this year. Initial sales have gone well, so don’t delay if you want some.

We are pleased to say that the price will remain the same as last year £3.50 per pack of 6, and that proceeds will go to the same charity as last year, The Chemotherapy Day Unit at Solihull Hospital.

The message inside the card is a simple  ‘Greetings from Knowle’.  The picture has of course again been painted by our talented artist Mike.