For small habitats grants

By creating green routes in Solihull we will connect parks, urban centres and employment sites, improving access for everyone.

Wildlife Ways is supporting our environment by investing in lots of projects ranging from planting up our verges and our parks to revitalising our wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. By supporting our environment in this way we will soon see a more diverse range of plants and animals in our borough.

Our greener network will also absorb CO2 emissions, help guard against flooding and reduce pollution.

Another feature of Wildlife Ways is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) Habitats Grants Programme. This supports smaller organisations in Solihull – plus Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock, East Staffs, Lichfield, Redditch, Tamworth and Wyre Forest – to improve the conservation status of land in the GBSLEP area.

For more information about habitats grants please email esif@solihull.gov.uk

Solihull Bees and Trees Project

We have started the Solihull Bees and Trees project, a year-long scheme which includes woodlands and grassland management works.

Bees and Trees is part of the Wildlife Ways / Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) Small Habitats Grants Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This programme supports a wide range of habitat and nature improvements across the borough and beyond. The Solihull Bees and Trees Project will ensure better conservation for over 23 hectares of habitat.

We are currently working at Coldlands Wood, Naseby Road, Solihull, which is temporarily closed. Residents can visit Browns Coppice on Woodlea Drive and Cut Throat Coppice on Woodside Way as alternative local woodlands.

Woodland works are also underway at Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common, until 31 January. Only the wooded areas will be closed. The rest of the park is open to use as normal.

Dates are subject to change dependent on weather conditions.

Woodlands need to be managed, and the work at Coldlands Wood and Lavender Hall Park will involve removal of trees which are unhealthy or which are preventing other trees from thriving. This may look quite severe initially, but it is necessary in order to protect the long term future of the wood and its trees, plants and animals.

During the work, large forestry machinery will be used so members of the public need to be excluded for safety reasons. This is why the woods are temporarily closing.

Woodland management works have recently been undertaken and completed at Browns Coppice, Cut Throat Coppice, Elmdon Coppice and Elmdon Nature Park.

Click here to see alternative parks and nature reserves in Solihull to visit during woodland closures.