Cotteridge conservation is child’s play

Monday 16th December 2013

Children working in Cotteridge ParkConservation in Cotteridge Park

Children from schools in and around Cotteridge, have been helping to recreate the historical landscape of Cotteridge Park and make the park more attractive for people and wildlife.

A project to improve the woodland and bring more wildlife friendly spaces across Cotteridge Park, was awarded funding by Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area earlier this year. Since July, the year 6 children of Cotteridge Primary School and year 9’s of Kings Norton Girls' School have been helping with thinning out trees in the park’s Millennium Wood to make space for flowers such as Primrose, Red Campion and Foxglove, which will be planted as part of the project.

Another major part of the works began in November, when Alder trees were reintroduced into the park to help recreate its historical landscape. These were planted along the ancient hedge line of the park which existed when the land was just fields. As these trees slowly disappeared over the years, the area has become very wet and muddy, so Alder trees were planted to help to dry it out because they love wet ground and soak up the moisture.

Emma Woolf, Chair of Friends of Cotteridge Park said: “We have to thank the students at Cotteridge Primary School, Kings Norton Girls’ & Boys’ Schools and all the Sunday volunteers for their hard work. 

“The Nature Improvement Area project in Cotteridge Park is a really great way for volunteers to get actively involved in the maintenance and development of the environment on our doorstep. It just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far to make a difference.”

Su James of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and Black Country, who are lead partners in the Nature Improvement Area, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved by a community group getting people of all ages involved with creating better spaces for people and wildlife.”

This is one of many projects funded through the Nature Improvement Area – see www.bbcnia.org.uk for more details of how to get involved in making a difference where you live.
 

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