Working to protect and enhance the Lickey Hills and their environs
Some years ago, member Mr John Murdoch left a generous legacy to the Society. One of the recommendations in the legacy was to use some of the funds to improve walking in the Country Park, especially for the elderly and those with mobility issues.
Many of the bridges within the Country Park can be quite slippery when wet. Working with the Rangers, ten bridges have been identified and these will be ‘fitted’ with hard wearing non slip strips. The strips, made of resin bonded material are being screwed to the bridges. The strips, some yellow but mostly buff coloured are currently being attached to the bridges.
The Society has purchased the strips from the Murdoch Legacy at the cost of £2,700. We feel that Mr Murdoch would be pleased that a proportion of his legacy is being used in this way.
Photo shows Ranger Dave and trainee Ranger Inez attaching the strips to one of the bridges.
Thanks so much to everyone who has shown concern about the devastating fires we have had locally. A large area of heathland, one of the rarest habitats in the world was badly burnt. Parts of it may well regenerate from seeds in the ground or roots that were not as badly damaged. We need to wait and see what comes back next year. Please do not plant anything in the area as we need to assess the natural regeneration. It is a delicate habitat so introducing unsuitable species could have a negative effect. Lots of people have been asking what they can do to help so here are a few ideas:
Spread the word that bbqs & fires are not permitted at The Lickey Hills or any parks.
Bring a picnic instead then take your litter home and recycle what you can.
Report bbqs and fires to the ranger duty hub: 0121 675 9686.
Don’t drop litter; even sun reflecting off tin cans or glass bottles can cause fire.
Do not drop cigarette butts on the ground.
Join in local litter picks and volunteer work days.
We will keep you posted about them.
Love your parks!
Now that there has been a relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the weekly walks will begin again on Thursday 5th August. The gently-paced walks will be led by Society members and will last for approximately one hour. All walks will begin and end at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane where toilets and light refreshments will be available. Normally the walks will start at 10.30am but on the 5th, we would be grateful if walkers could arrive no later than 10.15am in order that necessary preparations can be made. Before the lockdown, there were some 30 regular walkers taking part; it will take some time to build numbers but we hope to see as many people as possible on 5th August. It is important that walkers wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
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