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Friday, July 19, 2024

Green light for Balsall Common nature trail

Following a successful funding bid, there will be a new nature trail in Balsall Common, which sits between Solihull and Coventry.

The land at Frog Lane, Balsall Common, was purchased by Solihull Council in 2021.  The grant funding, from the Community and Environment Fund managed by Groundwork UK on behalf of HS2, will allow the Council to create the new nature trail.

This work will include planting new trees and hedgerows, made up of British native species – including hawthorn, holly, spindleberry, field maple and alder buckthorn. New ponds will also be created on the site alongside footpaths to make it easier to get around the trail. 

The aim of the work is to encourage a wider range of plants to grow, attracting insects and animals.  It will also create a new natural place for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

In November 2022, more than 80% of local people supported the proposals during a public consultation event.

As well as putting money into the natural environment, the project will also involve installing benches and an information board, so visitors to the trail can enjoy the surroundings and find out more about the wildlife and green space around them.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “It’s great that we’ve got this funding from the HS2 Community and Environment Fund to develop Balsall Common Nature Trail.  Communities in Solihull have been feeling the brunt of the construction works and I think it is important that we do what we can to improve the local environment wherever we can.

“We’ve had overwhelming community support to create this new green space and I can’t wait for the work to start this autumn, with a grand opening in early 2024.

“I’m passionate about boosting the range of wildlife across the borough and spending money on improving our environment, as can be seen by our award-winning £16.8 million Wildlife Ways and Planting our Future programmes.”

Jim Cornall
Jim Cornall
Jim Cornall is editor of Walking Post and publisher at Ayr Coastal Media. He is an award-winning writer, editor, photographer, broadcaster, designer and author. Contact Jim here.

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