Bags of Help for Wildlife Trust’s transformation of Deer’s Leap Wood

Thursday 25th February 2016

Children playing at Deer's Leap WoodChildren playing at Deer's Leap Wood

An urban nature reserve that has suffered years of neglect and fly tipping making it inaccessible and unsafe for local people needs your votes.

Ownership of Deer’s Leap Wood, which sits on the border between Birmingham and Sandwell, passed to The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country in 2014 and since then a huge amount of work has been done to remove unsafe trees, de-silt and clear the Boundary Brook of fly-tipped litter and repair some of the paths. This historic site was once part of the M&B brewery, which is still evident from the hops found growing on the site, and before that was part of the large Rotton Park estate. Now, supermarket customers can vote for funding to open up Deer’s Leap Wood to the public.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. The public will now vote in 14 stores in central Birmingham from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards, so The Wildlife Trust are urging customers to vote to support their work to open up this urban wildlife oasis for everyone to enjoy.

Simon Atkinson, Conservation Manager at The Trust said: “This money will play a vital role in ensuring that more people can appreciate what a wonderful place Deer’s Leap Wood is. Although it is in an urban area surrounded by arterial roads, residential areas and close to industry, the site is rich in wildlife with herons, kingfishers, woodpeckers, dragonflies and newts all regularly spotted there.

“Friends of Deer’s Leap Wood have worked with us to improve the habitats on this site and the residents of the Deer’s Leap estate are also very involved with helping with litter picks and promoting the activities on site, but it would be great to make it safe for everyone to walk round. Some of the steps are rotting and dangerous, while there is no obvious path through the site for people to get round safely. Being able to allow visitors of all ages would make a huge difference to the quality of life and health of local people.”

A map listing the stores where you can vote is below.



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