THE FINISHING touches are being put to Solihull Council’s Wildlife Ways project.
The £16.8million environmental project which covers the length and breadth of Solihull has seen millions of wildflower plants and bulbs planted across the borough.
There has also been restorative and management work carried out on brooks, grasslands and woodlands.
The project was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, and Coun Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for Environment and Highways, visited Kingshurst Brook in Chelmsley Wood to see for themselves how the work there has encouraged local wildlife.
The duo also found it had encouraged local residents to enjoy sunny picnic outings at the riverside.
Coun Mackiewicz said: “The river itself has been transformed to a more natural state.
“Where the water’s flowing through we’ve got different depths, different ecology, different species coming in and now attracting more birds.
“But the biggest benefit is that local people can come here, have their picnic and enjoy a bit of wild nature in the middle of Chelmsley Wood.”
In total there have been 73 hectares of habitat enhancements – about 120 football pitches.
This includes three million bulbs, millions of flowers, 1,000 semi-mature trees and one kilometre of hedgerow.