Voluntary group gets helping hand from housebuilder
13 June 2012
A conservation group in Birmingham has successfully enhanced a nature reserve, thanks to the support of a local housebuilder.
Charles Church South Midlands provided the Friends of Deer’s Leap Wood (FDLW) with a digger to help dredge an existing pond and construct a new one, as part of the group’s conservation activities.
The 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow is located on the former Mitchells & Butler Brewery site, now owned by Charles Church. The company is currently selling one and two bedroom apartments at its Deers Leap development after successfully selling 130 houses and is launching a new phase of three and four bedroom properties later this year.
FDLW committee member, Philippa Allenby is delighted with the pond’s transformation.
She said: “We are a local voluntary group which aims to conserve and enhance this local site for the benefit of wildlife and local residents.
“To maintain the biodiversity of the pond it was imperative that we cleared out overgrown pond reeds and rushes and it was made possible by the provision of a machine. We have also been able to establish a new pond and wildflower meadow which adds extra diversity to the existing woodland habitat and helps to attract more wildlife to the area.
“The support of Charles Church plus a team of local volunteers have helped to transform the ponds landscape and re-establish the wetland habitat ”
Following the pond management project, the group hosted a series of activities from lantern walks to identify birdsong and tree species, to storytelling and ‘touchy–feely’ discovery workshops with local families.
Alison Reading, sales director at Charles Church South Midlands, added: “We are very happy to support the great work of the FDLW.
“We therefore praise the dedication and hard work of the group in increasing the awareness of this lovely nature site. It is an ‘oasis’ which brings pleasure to the residents of the Cape Hill and Edgbaston area.”