New nature trail set for Balsall Common - The Solihull Observer

New nature trail set for Balsall Common

Solihull Editorial 27th Jun, 2023   0

A NEW nature trail is set to come to life in Balsall Common.

The land at Frog Lane was purchased by Solihull Council in 2021 and will have new trees and hedgerows, made up of British native species – including hawthorn, holly, spindleberry, field maple and alder buckthorn growing in it.

There are also plans for new ponds to be created on the site alongside footpaths to make it easier to get around the trail.

Solihull Council say grant funding from the Community and Environment Fund managed by Groundwork UK on behalf of HS2, will allow it to create the new nature trail.

The aim of this work is to encourage a wider range of plants to grow, attracting insects and animals and create a new natural place for people to enjoy.

As well as putting money into the natural environment, the project will also involve installing benches and an information board, so visitors to the trail can enjoy the surroundings and find out more about the wildlife and green space around them.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council said: “It’s great that we’ve got this funding from the HS2 Community and Environment Fund to develop Balsall Common Nature Trail.

“Communities in Solihull have been feeling the brunt of the construction works and I think it is important that we do what we can to improve the local environment wherever we can.

“We’ve had overwhelming community support to create this new green space and I can’t wait for the work to start this autumn, with a grand opening in early 2024.

“I’m passionate about boosting the range of wildlife across the borough and spending money on improving our environment, as can be seen by our award-winning £16.8million Wildlife Ways and Planting our Future programmes.

“This work underpins our journey towards combating climate change and meeting our environmental and sustainability ambitions, alongside our determination to preserve and enhance our natural environment.

“Congratulations to all those who worked on the bid and I’m looking forward to taking a stroll around the trail next year.”

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