After years of planning, planting and building, the £16.8 million Wildlife Ways project is nearly finished
Millions of wildflower plants and bulbs have been planted throughout the borough as well as restorative work on brooks, grasslands and woodlands.
Last week, Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing and Cllr Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways, visited Kingshurst Brook in Chelmsley Wood to see how the work there has encouraged local wildlife.
Cllr 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.”
Cllr Hawkins added: “Work has been done under our stunning Wildlife Ways project which has brought so much richness and colour to our borough. Kingshurst Brook used to be canalised and wasn’t very attractive but now the work’s been done to re-naturalise it and it’s going to bring new species to the brook. An absolutely wonderful place for our local residents.”
For the full story on this project, visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/news/wildlife-ways-nature-middle-chelmsley-wood