Tamworth will be celebrating its newest wildlife haven in style, this weekend.
Long ago in the 13th Century the one-hectare ‘Town Wall’ site was common land where folk could graze their livestock and gather firewood.
And next Saturday (September 10) people are invited to come along to mark it being turned into a 21st Century Local Nature Reserve (10am to 1pm).
There will be bug hunting, crafts and games everyone can enjoy at the site, which is accessed from Sycamore, off Hockley Road, Wilnecote.
And there will be a chance for people to find out how the Town Wall Conservation Group are going to protect and develop this green oasis in future.
The volunteers have already created a wildflower meadow and rebuilt a section of Tamworth’s original dry-stone town wall.
The team also carry out a huge range of management tasks, including tree thinning and restoration projects, as well as regular litter picks.
Their objective is to boost the area’s biodiversity so people can enjoy its teaming plants and wildlife.
Tamworth Borough Council (TBC) has owned the The Wall since 2007.
Natural England approved its nature reserve status earlier this year.
Cash for conservation
The designation will help free up more grant money for conservation work.
The cash for Saturday’s ‘fun day’ was stumped up by the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Community Grants programme.
The site volunteers siphoned off some of the money to buy new signs and leaflets to promote their site.
Councillor Joy overjoyed
TBC councillor, Joy Goodall, said: “I’m delighted that Town Wall’s nature reserve status is finally official.
“A lot of hard work has gone into restoring and enhancing the site.”
She was certain the volunteers would would ensure it was enjoyed by the local townsfolk for years to come.