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Work begins to improve urban village woodland

Work will soon get underway to improve an area of woodland which will become an integral part of the new Bilston Urban Village.

Wolverhampton City Council has appointed the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to carry out extensive works in the woodland around Carder Crescent to create a popular attraction for the local community.

The woodland will be retained as part of the development of Bilston Urban Village, which will see around 600 new homes built on land to the south of the Black Country Route.

Simon Lucas, Bilston Urban Village project manager for Wolverhampton City Council, said: "We want the woodland to be improved so that it becomes a valuable place for the community.

"Many of the trees on the land were planted back in the 1980s and have now grown too dense, so around 2 thirds of them will be removed to enable those that are left to grow larger and healthier.

"Seeds and plants will then be introduced to fill the woodland with bluebells and other woodland flowers, making it a haven for local wildlife.

"The work will also make the site more accessible and safer to use by creating views into and through the site."

The work gets underway next week with the removal of fly tipping and damaged fencing from the site, while the woodland management begins from Monday 13 January, 2014, and will continue until the start of the nesting season. The Wildlife Trust will be offering volunteering and training days for local people who would like to get involved.

People can find out more about what is proposed, including ways to get involved, at drop in sessions at the café at the Bert Williams Leisure Centre this Monday (6 January, 2014) from 3pm to 4pm and again between 6pm and 7pm.

Mr Lucas added: "These works are part of the commitment of the council and the Homes and Communities Agency to improve the open spaces and infrastructure which will remain as part of the overall Bilston Urban Village scheme."

To find out more about the Bilston Urban Village, please visit Bilston Urban Village.

  • released: Tuesday 31 December, 2013