St. Chad’s Sutton Coldfield Community Woodland Project

Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Education and Parks

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    St. Chad’s Church has a lively and active community that is due to celebrate its 90th year in 2017. In addition to the church building the site contains a small woodland that was made the subject of a Tree Preservation Order in April 2016. It is the desire of the PCC to work with local uniform group, such as the scouts, to develop and manage this site, in accordance with the TPO, so that it is an area of educational and environmental interest for the wider community. The Hollyfield primary school has already expressed an interest in using such a facility if it were created.

    The majority of work to be undertaken can be achieved through the voluntary efforts of the local community, a number of whom have stated they would want to help with any such project. Most of the work can be undertaken with the help of volunteers such as the Princes Trust and members of the uniform groups, and it is hoped we can start work on it before spring 2017. Most of the initial work is for the removal of some of the undergrowth that is choking the larger trees and making the space safe for children to use. For this purpose we need to hire a chipper for the small, dead and dying trees that are to be removed. We also need to make some habitat for wildlife and build some paths for safe access. The grant we have received from Greggs Foundation funding will contribute to these costs.

    Project Aim: To enable local community and school groups to undertake environmental educational activities within the grounds of St. Chad’s Church within the next 18 months.

    Objectives:

    • a)To improve management of the woodland area to enable established trees and associated wildlife to flourish by Spring 2017.
    • b)To improve habitat for local wildlife in the woodland area by Spring 2017.

    c) To enable local community groups, including uniform groups and local schools to access the woodland safely to undertake environmental education by end December 2017.

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    St. Chad's Church, Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield,