Wild About Tamworth

Wild About Tamworth

Wild About Tamworth project

A partnership between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Tamworth Borough Council and the communities of Tamworth to improve the Borough’s wild places to benefit both people and wildlife.

Involving communities 

The project has helped set up nine active conservation volunteer groups, who each meet regularly to look after and improve eight green spaces in Tamworth:

  • Dosthill Park Local Nature Reserve (LNR),
  • Tameside (LNR), Hodge Lane LNR,
  • Town Wall LNR,
  • Warwickshire Moor LNR,
  • Kettle Brook LNR,
  • Broad Meadow LNR  
  • Wiggington Park.

If you would like to get involved, download the volunteering programme Wild About Tamworth What's On, below, for dates of work parties and events.

 

What's On Leaflet - get involved

Wild About Tamworth - education projects

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Wild about Tamworth also offers local schools and youth groups the chance to use local nature reserves as an educational tool to support their learning. Over a thousand children have received environmental education through the project in the last two years.

Tamworth Borough Council commission part of the project and the rest of the work is funded through external grants.

Wild About Tamworth project - installing owl box

Installing an barn owl box 

Protecting Tamworth's green spaces

Through Wild about Tamworth (WAT), seven valuable wildlife-rich sites have been designated as Local Nature Reserves, and the community conservation groups have made many improvements to make their green spaces better for both wildlife and people.

If you would like to explore Tamworth's wild spaces, why not take a look at the leaflets below:

Leaflets 

Walking on the wild side - enjoying green spaces with your dog

Explore Wild About Tamworth

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Environmental stewardship

Tamworth Borough Council currently have a number of the Borough Council’s green spaces in a Natural England Environmental Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme which offers funding in return for looking after land in a way that benefits the wildlife, historical, landscape and community interest.

Want to know more?

For further information on any aspect of the project, call the Wild about Tamworth officer on 07970067711.

Wigginton Park Tree Trail

Wigginton Park Tree Trail 

The Wigginton Park Tree Trail leads you through the park to learn more about the 9 coniferous and broadleaved trees on the trail.  You can download and print off at home a tree trail leaflet and and cover which are listed below. It is great fun to do with little ones. 

Each tree has a post with an embossed leaf shape on top to create your own brass rubbing and then make your own book using the printed leaflet.

Tree Trail

Local groups involved in the project:

1. Holm Oak - Stonydelph Community Café
2. Ash - Coton Green Primary School
3. Horse Chestnut - Birds Bush Primary School
4. Oak (Burnt Oak) - Flaxhill Primary School
5. Beech (Graffiti Tree) - Tamworth Rangers
6. Elm Avenue - Coton Green Pre-school
7. Scots Pine - Tamworth Guides
8. Giant Sequoia - Dosthill Rainbows and Brownies

Stories written, devised and developed by Mal Dewhirst and Christine Genders

Tree Trail cover pages

Tree Trail Inside pages

Each tree also has its own story, developed as part of the project with local community groups, as listed below. You can click on a story to download it!

Tree Trail stories
1. Poppyholly and the Christmas Tree
2. Tomax Dances
3. Chester Barky
4. Bok the Oakman
5. The Grafitti Tree
6. Woody Barker
7. Here be treasure
8. The day the storm came