Cannon Hill Park Woodlands

In partnership with Birmingham Parks Ranger Service, the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area improved woodlands in Cannon Hill Park

Situated in the heart of Birmingham, along the River Rea corridor, Cannon Hill Park is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation area and woodland plantation.

The park itself is popularly used by the community for numerous activities such as walking, running, football, forest schools, seasonal fair-grounds, picnics and other recreational pass-times. Alongside this there are walks and cycle paths running further along the River Rea corridor aimed at catering for wildlife enthusiasts, those seeking exercise and people looking for a good day out.

Within the wilder areas of the park it was discussed with Birmingham City Council Rangers that there was a need for some woodland management. Centenary Plantation and Queen Mother's Plantation needed to be thinned out to create room for the remaining trees to develop and also to encourage a field layer of flora to thrive.  In total over 11 acres of plantation woodland was improved by thinning and the introduction of new species

It was also identified that the existing meadow area in the park could be improved. Therewere a good number of species present however the introduction of additional has added further structure to encourage other invertebrates. A completely new area of meadow has been created to act as a stepping stone between the adjacent gardens and allotments.









We have also held a number of events at Cannon Hill Park to encourage local children to engage with the park's outdoor spaces.

In February 2014 children had the opportunity to play in the woodland, build dens, make crafts and also learn about the creatures that live there.

Tree and plug-plant planting were also completed at another session. Here the children had huge amounts of fun digging in the woods and planting. There were lots of questions about the different creatures they found, such as worms and beetles, and how the new plants would help them.

Both events were well attended and it was fantastic to see children running around and having fun