The Valley Riverside Project was formed in 2006 by local residents to improve the nature reserve on the lower end of Billesley Common. Since then the group have arranged for many improvements including litter bins and noticeboards to be installed. An outdoor fitness route has been included. Volunteer work is carried out regularly including maintaining pathways, litterpicking and training days.
We had brilliant turnout on March 23rd with over 50 volunteers of all ages willing to help with the Big Tidy Up of Billesley Common and Holly Bank Spinney. The newly formed 1st Billesley Scouts took part with their Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders. Members of the Moseley Rugby Club also joined us.
This year we split into three teams so that we could target particular areas of concern;
The hedgerow alongside the common’s footpath and children’s play area,
The Yardley Wood Road and Haunch Lane corner alongside the Haunch Brook. And the Holly Bank Spinney
where many years of overgrown rubbish including a mattress was removed. It was good to see so many volunteers enjoying their burger and chips afterwards, thanks to MRC. Together we collected over 50 bags of rubbish and other items of dumped household refuse.
Well done everyone !
Thankfully all was collected by the City Council on Monday morning.
Members of the Valley Riverside Project have been taking care of the nature reserve alongside the Haunch Brook for 8 years. We’ve kept footpaths open, coppiced, planted hedges & trees and monitored water quality, as well as regular litter picking. New members are always welcome; our next workdays are :
Newsletter Date April 2014
THE VALLEY RIVERSIDE PROJECT
A Heritage Lottery grant is enabling us to develop a signposted walk around the common with finger posts and information boards to identify points of interest.
Active Parks Launch Day
The recently formed ‘Friends of Billesley Common’ are working with staff from the B Active scheme to organize regular activities on Billesley Common.
A range of sessions including; Zumba, Pilates, Rounders, Buggy Fit, Tai Chi, Junior Archery, Outdoor Gym and Tennis will be available during the summer for all ages.
The bonus is that it will be free !
Come to our Launch Day on Saturday May 31st 1 – 4pm, bring the family and try out some of these free activities.
Volunteers will be welcome to help plan and organise our activities programme and to help on our launch day, if you are interested please contact Lis: 07906046049
THE BIG TIDY UP
Getting ready with litter picks, bags & gloves
1st Billesley Scout Group
Holly Bank Spinney