The Shire Country Park Friends

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Welcome to the website of

The Shire Country Park Friends

This Country Park is a local nature reserve lying south of Birmingham City Centre.  An area of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest, it follows the River Cole Valley as a green ribbon for four miles, and crosses one of the few remaining fords in the city. The slideshow below will give you some idea of the variety and interest of the sites the volunteers work within.

The park was so named in 2005 to honour the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien who lived within its borders as a young child, just over the road from Sarehole Mill.

There are several groups of volunteers giving their time to help maintain the River Cole Valley and its satellite areas alongside the City Park Rangers who give instruction and guidance on safe tool use and appropriate habitat management to help improve these areas for wildlife and public use.   Each group works independently and different volunteers may choose to work in one area or more depending on their availability.  
No previous experience is necessary.

If you would like to get some fresh air and exercise
and learn new skills, should you so wish, whilst helping to care for your local environment then
please do join us on one of the work days listed, or you can find out more by emailing: or use the telephone number at the foot of this page.

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