Launching Deer’s Leap Wood

Tuesday 21st March 2017

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are celebrating the restoration of Deer’s Leap Wood, a historic nature reserve on the borders of Birmingham and Sandwell. The site will be fully opened to the public at a special launch event at 11am on Sunday 26th March.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are celebrating the restoration of Deer’s Leap Wood, a historic nature reserve on the borders of Birmingham and Sandwell. The site will be fully opened to the public at a special launch event from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 26th March.

Deer’s Leap Wood was formerly part of the grounds of the Mitchells & Butler brewery, still evident from the hops found growing on the site. The earliest records of the reserve date back to medieval times when the woods were part of the large Rotton Park estate, meaning “cheerful farm”. The nature reserve was taken on by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country in 2014, and thanks to funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Tesco Bags of Help, the Trust has been able to regenerate the site over the last three years.

The Trust has been able to remove unsafe trees and clear the Boundary Brook so the water flows freely once more. New paths have been created to make the site more accessible. The Trust has worked closely with the Friends of Deer’s Leap Wood, a team of dedicated volunteers who have campaigned to preserve this unique space and now continue to help us to look after the site for everyone to visit and enjoy.

To celebrate this transformation we are holding an open day to the launch Deer’s Leap Wood, and are inviting people to discover and explore the site. There will be guided tours of the fauna and flora at the newly accessible reserve, family friendly arts and crafts activities and the ultimate “deer’s leap long-jump” challenge.

Paul Stephenson – Senior Ecologist says “The funding we’ve had from Tesco Bags of Help has been absolutely fantastic and fundamental to improving the access to the site. The work we have done now enables people to come and enjoy this incredible site and its wonderful wildlife.”


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Notes to Editors

  1. The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is one of 47 local trusts working to make the United Kingdom a better place for people and wildlife. With over 800,000 members, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. Collectively they manage over 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares. Locally The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country works to conserve biodiversity, improve the environment and raise awareness and understanding of wildlife issues. For more information please visit www.bbcwildlife.org.uk or telephone 0121 454 1199.
  2. Bags of Help 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.
  3. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.


 

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