About Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood

Saved from development following a huge public campaign, the site became a nature reserve and supports a tremendous range of plants, animals and insects. Especially fascinating are the gnarled old trees and the fantastic displays of bluebells each spring.

Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. He stated that the site inspired the 'old forest' in his books. People come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.

The site also has great archaeological interest, having two burnt mounds, as well as more recent remains such as the old mill dam and the foundations of Victorian greenhouses.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Advantage West Midlands and other funding streams to improve site access and increase biodiversity. The fantastic new interpretation boards are now in place. The boardwalk is complete and allows access to wheelchair and pushchair users. A considerable amount of the paths have been improved and the entrance feature and car park have been completed. To demonstrate the value of this sort of work to society, we have undertaken an economic evaluation of this project.

This website for Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood has podcasts and and a wealth of other information. If you would like to know more or get involved please see our volunteering page.