Have your say on the future of Sedgley Beacon

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Sedgley Beacon towering above the Black Country

Complete this quick survey to help shape our plans to restore the Beacon and its surrounding wild space.

Wildlife Trust calls upon local people to help shape regeneration of historic heritage site

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country wants to hear from local residents who care about their iconic Sedgley Beacon Tower and its surrounding natural environment. People are invited to complete a survey at www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/sedgleybeacon and give their views on how the site should be improved. The survey will be open until Friday 20th May.

Working in partnership with South Staffs Water, the Friends of Sedgley Beacon and Dudley Council, the Trust are bidding to secure Heritage Lottery funding to restore and regenerate the 170 year old grade II listed tower and surrounding limestone landscape of Beacon Hill.

Landscape improvements including new wildflower meadows and restored ancient hedgerows have already been achieved through the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area, with sparrowhawks, swifts and rare marbled-white butterflies all regularly visiting. The aim now is to open up more of the majestic views, recreate lost habitats and unlock Sedgley Beacon’s incredible geological, industrial and natural heritage so more people can access and enjoy them.

Simon Atkinson, Conservation Manager at The Wildlife Trust says: “Sedgley Beacon is a treasured local landmark, but many more people would be able to enjoy the tower and its landscape if they were made safe, accessible and restored to their former glory. It’s vital that local residents’ voices are heard in shaping this project. We really want people to complete this survey and tell us what they want to see happen here.”

The Cooperative supermarket in Sedgley hosted a Sedgley Beacon consultation event last month with scores of local residents coming along to learn about the restoration plans and to share their memories of the area. Two unanswered riddles emerged from this event:

• Two people mentioned that they used to know the old quarry area as ‘Tommy Duckers’ or ‘Tommy Ducksie’s’ – does anyone know why?
• Others remembered the horse-shoe-shaped earthworks that used to be visible to the south-west of the old quarry. It’s been suggested these are the remnants of old lime kilns – does anyone know the answer?

Further information:

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country: Simon Atkinson, Conservation Manager
0121 454 1199, 07713 487406; simon.a@bbcwildlife.org.uk

Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area

Recent work at Sedgley Beacon has been funded through the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area.

Led by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country, the Nature Improvement Area is being delivered by and is supported by over sixty partner organisations. The Nature Improvement Area has delivered nearly 200 projects since it began in 2012, with nearly 2,000 volunteers spending over 25,000 hours enhancing their local natural environment.

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