New Nature Reserve in Meriden Park

The woodland and lake area in Meriden Park has been formally designated as Chelmsely Wood Local Nature Reserve, bringing the total number of LNRs in the borough to 21.

The designated was approved by Cabinet Members on 12th November and was formally declared on 3rd December under the provisions of the National Parks and Access to Countryside Act.  This means that the small patch of woodland, which is all that remains of once vast woodland, is now recognised as a natural green space, valued by the community and of importance to local wildlife.

Together with the lake, the woodland is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including kingfishers, woodpeckers and various types of butterflies, bumblebees and dragonflies.

The site lies within Kingfisher Country Park and is the gateway to the Cole valley from Chelmsley Wood town centre, giving access to miles of natural walking routes through Solihull and Birmingham.

The reserve will give a different slant to Solihull's motto 'urbs in rure' or 'town in the country' as it is a piece of the countryside within a town.

Friends of Kingfisher Country Park were delighted when the site was put forward for designation and recently supported the Council's Oaks and Shires event promoting the importance of this ancient woodland site.

Solihull Council has also given its endorsement to the pursuance of external funding to further enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the area and to support events and activities that can be held there.