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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) 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.

The first two pieces of woodland management works are:

Browns Coppice, Woodlea Drive – temporarily closed from 11 – 15 November

Cut Throat Coppice, Woodside Way – temporarily closed from 18 – 22 November

These dates are subject to change dependent on weather conditions.

The initial work at Browns Coppice and Cut Throat Coppice will be focused on holly and bramble thinning. This work will open up the woodlands to allow access to the canopy trees to enable selective thinning at a later stage.

Woodlands need to be managed, and this will include removal of trees which are unhealthy or are preventing other trees from thriving.

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.

During this woodland work you may wish to visit Streetsbrook Open Space as an alternative.