The Project to Improve Moseley Bog

The HLF grant to the project Moseley Bog – Tolkien’s Nature Reserve was for £376,500 (69% of total project costs of £545,650) with other funding coming from Natural England, Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham City Council and St Modwen.

This money was secured in order to carry out works such as hedgerow restoration, meadow management, and tree safety, as well as improvements to boardwalks, steps, pathways, and signage around the site.

The completion of the majority of the physical improvements came in Spring 2011, after which the focus of the project changed to our long-term community engagement programme.

At that point, to celebrate the achievements of the project to date and to launch the next phase of our community focused work at the reserve we held the Big Launch in June 2011. This day included tours for local politicians, green woodworking, performances and demonstrations.

Our reserve officers have been running regular volunteer days at Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood since 2010 and those attending are already feeling the benefits of working outdoors.

In addition to the volunteers a number of other local groups are also enjoying the reserve. These include a ramblers group, a cubs group and walking groups. To aid their use of the reserve a new outdoor classroom / performance area has also been constructed in Joy’s Wood thanks to £10 000 of funding from St Modwen developers. This area can now be made available to local schools and theatre groups but is also freely available for use by anyone with a good idea.

One of the oldest trees in Moseley Bog nature reserve had a severe fungal disease, which had weakened the trunk. Unfortunately the removal of the tree for public safety was inevitable and the tree was felled on 16 & 17 March 2012.

However, to make the best of a bad situation we celebrated the life of the tree by holding an event which included the tree planting of large oak standards, green wood working activities, and a chance to meet the tree surgeon. This gave the local community an opportunity to have a better understanding and to keep a little piece of a great tree.

The new entrance feature from Yardley Wood Road has been installed along with better disabled parking facilities in the last of the major physical works to make the site more attractive to all users.

We are still implementing management that will improve the site for wildlife whilst making the reserve an easier place to access.

Information packs are available from the Trust for schools and community groups. Also see our downloadable pod-cast tour which excitingly, the acclaimed Birmingham born poet and author Benjamin Zephaniah has recorded for us, and a dramatic audio walk from Birmingham Rep.

Please contact us if you would like further information.