Visitors to Moseley Bog Get a Dramatic New Welcome

Tuesday 20th November 2012

Nature reserve gets an entrance worthy of such a special site.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are delighted to announce the completion of works on a new entrance feature to the Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve.

Visitors coming from Yardley Wood Road previously had only an old wooden gate and stile to welcome them. Now there is a striking new entrance incorporating a lockable vehicle gate, height barrier, disabled parking bays and a pedestrian access gate.

The gates and height barrier were designed by nationally acclaimed artist Adrian Moakes, who was commissioned for the project due to his reputation for engaging communities in his work.

He encouraged local people to sketch plants, roots and larger tree forms that have captured their interest. These sketches were then translated into simple sculptures using green garden wire and pliers, and then developed further to feed into the final design.

The main plant to feature in the artwork is Wood Horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum), an ancient species that still grows in the reserve, though on a much smaller scale today.

Other plants putting in an appearance are Hedge Garlic (Alliara petiolata), the spiral forms of early spring fern croziers and the numerous examples of climbers, creepers and root systems, as well as woodland grasses/soft rushes and Crack Willows.

Reserve Officer Francesca Jarvis-Rouse says: “The combination of the entrance feature and community-focused activities can only emphasise the importance of the nature reserve and help to protect it into the future.”

Come along to the event on Sunday 9th December 12pm-3pm to celebrate the new feature and meet Adrian Moakes. It’ll be a great day out for all the family with winter activities, including wreath making, candle rolling and green wood working.

Tagged with: Adrian Moakes, Gates, Moseley Bog, New entrance

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