Knowle Society is very pleased to be able to inform the community of Knowle that this project is GO!
Following very successful and generous fundraising and negotiations with several potential suppliers and installers of new play equipment, agreement has been reached for the project to go ahead. Orders have been placed for the following equipment (shown above) to greatly enhance the existing timeworn items and to extend the age range catered for. Facilities have also been designed to allow use by less able children.
Titan Carousel with T Bar Hanger, Mirage Seat, Rope Ladder & 2 Pendulum Seats:
3 Tower Unit:
In addition to the above replacement and additional equipment, there will be improvements to the surfacing to improve safety and hard wearing, so the equipment will be more usable in the winter.
It is expected that work on site will begin on 12th July and be completed by 9th August (hopefully sooner). We were hoping it would be done and dusted well before that, but shortages of materials has delayed deliveries of the play equipment.
Please note that, due to the dangerous nature of the works required, the playground will unfortunately be CLOSED during this period – it will be well worth waiting for! Look out for the GRAND opening event.
Visit Knowle has been awarded £17,000 by Solihull Council from the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Fund. It is planned to invest our village centre with seating and planting and maybe more in the form of a ‘Parklet’.
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.
The application for a grant from the Council came top in the list of projects voted on by local residents. It has also been assessed by the Neighbourhood Forum as meeting the requirements for a grant. It now goes to the Council to decide if it meets their requirements, so fingers crossed.