Get back to Nature at the Oaks and Yorks open day in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Get back to Nature at the Oaks and Yorks open day in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 18th Oct, 2021   0

OAKS and Shires returns to Yorks Wood Local Nature Reserve in Kingshurst this month, finishing with a family day this Saturday, October 23, from 11am to 3pm.

The four-day event, which focuses on local woodlands and wildlife, supports the sustainable management of council-owned woodlands. During the first three days of the event, groups of local school children will learn more about their local environment.

At the end of the week, on the Saturday, Oaks and Shires opens to the public.

During the open day, local families can take part in traditional woodland crafts, including willow weaving and pole lathing as well as meeting the mythical Green Man.




Visitors will also see a heavy horse at work pulling timber out of the woodland whilst minimising damage to plants, a method known as horse-logging.

Visitors can plant snowdrop bulbs in Yorks Wood, with Solihull conservation volunteers leading several planting sessions throughout the day.


“The woodland open day is a great opportunity for local families to explore one of the borough’s ancient green spaces and helps youngsters understand the need to treasure our local environment,” said Coun Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for climate change, planning and housing.

“Sustainable practices are key to tackling climate change, and Oaks and Shires explains how and why we need to manage our woodlands for the future benefit of both people and wildlife.

“It’s also a free, fun family day out!”

Also in attendance will be Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership, Solihull tree wardens and Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust.

Yorks Wood is off Fordbridge Road, near Babbs Mill Lake, Solihull, B37 6LU.For more information click: here

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