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Friends of Deer's Leap Wood Blog - Plants reveal our history

Posted: Wednesday 9th September 2015 by Joe.P

Hops growing at Deer's Leap WoodHops growing at Deer's Leap Wood

This is a blog post by Philippa Allenby of Friends of Deer's Leap Wood, sharing her thoughts and experiences of this precious site on the border between Birmingham and Sandwell.

Following the felling of many old and unsafe poplars there has been a flush of new growth around Deer's Leap Wood.

Not surprisingly much unwanted bind weed is trying to swamp the hundreds of young newly planted trees, yet, there amongst it are some other, more surprising plants appearing; hops, wheat and barley! These are just shouting out the industrial heritage of the site, The Mitchells and Butlers Brewery land. It’s many years since beer was brewed at the big Smethwick brewery, but nature doesn’t forget and this summer's weather has enabled these plants to grow and remind us of the local history.

Nature still thrives on the site which has grassland with meadow plants, woodland and water features including ponds and a brook. The new owners, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and the Friends of Deers Leap Wood volunteers aim to re-establish paths and steps to increase accessibility around the site, to help natural habitats mature and provide an oasis for both local people and wildlife right in the heart of our city. Volunteer work parties are held on the first Sunday afternoon of every month. 

If you want to know more or to contribute in any way please call Paul Stephenson at The Wildlife Trust on 0121 454 1199 or email paul.s@bbcwildlife.org.uk.

We really want local residents to understand and appreciate this fantastic site that is right on their doorsteps. To help with this we would like to invite people along on Saturday 3rd October at 2pm to come and take a tour of the site and learn a bit more about the work of volunteers. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking round a nature reserve, as the accessibility work has not been completed, so it can be quite muddy in places and not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Meet us at the pond on Roebuck Road and we look forward to showing off this lovely nature reserve.

You can read more about Friends of Deer's Leap Wood here
 

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    As a resident on the Deers leap estate, I would just like to mention that the meetng point is by the pond on Roebuck Road. For those of you who do not know where this is due to roadworks still taking place on the estate which we hope by this stage will be completed, it is by the new pedestrian entrance off Portland Road which is again not finished so access only available on Roebuck Road off City Road. It is on a bend in road which leads around to Avery Avenue. I hope that residents will embrace this wonderful SPACE

    Thursday 10th September 2015
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As a resident on the Deers leap estate, I would just like to mention that the meetng point is by the pond on Roebuck Road. For those of you who do not know where this is due to roadworks still taking place on the estate which we hope by this stage will be completed, it is by the new pedestrian entrance off Portland Road which is again not finished so access only available on Roebuck Road off City Road. It is on a bend in road which leads around to Avery Avenue. I hope that residents will embrace this wonderful SPACE

Thursday 10th September 2015
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