Reprieve for Walsall Ranger Service

Friday 25th January 2013

One of many nature reserves where Walsall Rangers support local friends groupsMoorcroft Wood LNR

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country welcomes the enlightened decision of Walsall Council not to cut the borough’s parks and ranger service by over £100,000. The excellent work done by the ranger service across Walsall, with its focus on supporting local friends groups and reaching out through many different events and activities has been recognised by emphatic public support.

Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Neil Wyatt says “Made at a difficult time, this decision recognises the value of green spaces like parks and nature reserves for the well-being of local people, as well as the importance of maintaining and improving the borough’s environment as part of the overall strategy to drive economic regeneration in the Black Country. I hope that other councils across Birmingham and the Black Country follow suit and recognise that the relatively modest investments in green spaces pay back many times in gains for health and the economy, let alone the simple benefit of giving local people better places to live, work and relax.”

As well as its public parks, including Walsall Arboretum, the borough has many fine local nature reserves including Cuckoo’s Nook, Barr Beacon and Moorcroft Wood. These sites will continue to be properly cared for and be kept safe and accessible for local communities.

The decision also recognises that Walsall plays a vital role in the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area, a partnership developing and improving the network of green spaces across the area for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Many people and organisations are working together for a better future for the Black Country. By protecting their parks and nature reserves Walsall Council have stepped up to the mark.
 

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My wife and I are extremely alarmed and upset by the Council sponsored vandalism that is taking place in the Arboretum Extension. Namely, 1. A beautiful buttercup wild meadow has been scalped and planted with whips. Planting trees is to be commended but the way it has been done is nothing short of rampant amateurism. This meadow took over 50 years to get established and now by their heavy handed ignorance of the true nature of the site they have destroyed it. All the insects and wild life that depended on this source of food and shelter will move on or be wiped out. They have planted field-wide blocks of whips which will take many years to get established. Nature does not plant like this so why has the Council? What use can such an area be to any creature now or in the future? 2. Long and large hedges (mostly hawthorn with mixed trees) have been rooted out. They were 100s of years old. It is an extreme eyesore, unwarranted vandalism and a desecration of an ancient and beautiful site. They leave lying around dead logs (and glass bottles) yet they rip out specimens that have survived for 100s of years. The crass stupidity is hard to believe. Who sanctioned this attack on the countryside? 3. In the process of doing this work the Council has left long and deep (20") ruts along paths that are supposed to be traversed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We have spoken to Kevin Clements about this, and have contacted 2 local councillors. They have chosen to ignore the need to restore the paths so that the `improvements` can be enjoyed by residents. 4. The area used to be a golf course and was properly maintained. It has now been allowed to deteriorate into wasteland. None of the grass, apart from a few paths, is mowed. It is now impossible to venture off the few paths to explore the area. When it was a golf course it was very popular with walkers. Now it is all but deserted because of the state it has been allowed to fall into.Mr.M.& Mrs. Tunnicliffe. tel.01922 646130. 375 Sutton Road, Walsall, WS5 3AS. Photos available. Looking forward to a reply before anymore vandalism takes place.

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My wife and I are extremely alarmed and upset by the Council sponsored vandalism that is taking place in the Arboretum Extension. Namely, 1. A beautiful buttercup wild meadow has been scalped and planted with whips. Planting trees is to be commended but the way it has been done is nothing short of rampant amateurism. This meadow took over 50 years to get established and now by their heavy handed ignorance of the true nature of the site they have destroyed it. All the insects and wild life that depended on this source of food and shelter will move on or be wiped out. They have planted field-wide blocks of whips which will take many years to get established. Nature does not plant like this so why has the Council? What use can such an area be to any creature now or in the future? 2. Long and large hedges (mostly hawthorn with mixed trees) have been rooted out. They were 100s of years old. It is an extreme eyesore, unwarranted vandalism and a desecration of an ancient and beautiful site. They leave lying around dead logs (and glass bottles) yet they rip out specimens that have survived for 100s of years. The crass stupidity is hard to believe. Who sanctioned this attack on the countryside? 3. In the process of doing this work the Council has left long and deep (20") ruts along paths that are supposed to be traversed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We have spoken to Kevin Clements about this, and have contacted 2 local councillors. They have chosen to ignore the need to restore the paths so that the `improvements` can be enjoyed by residents. 4. The area used to be a golf course and was properly maintained. It has now been allowed to deteriorate into wasteland. None of the grass, apart from a few paths, is mowed. It is now impossible to venture off the few paths to explore the area. When it was a golf course it was very popular with walkers. Now it is all but deserted because of the state it has been allowed to fall into.Mr.M.& Mrs. Tunnicliffe. tel.01922 646130. 375 Sutton Road, Walsall, WS5 3AS. Photos available. Looking forward to a reply before anymore vandalism takes place.

Sunday 27th April 2014
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