There are two fantastic schemes being worked on in Elmdon Park this week. One is a – Newts and Shoots pond creation, the other, Bees and Trees Planting.
Newts and Shoots pond creation:
To complement existing wetland improvement schemes being carried out as part of the Newts and Shoots project, we will be creating a new pond within Elmdon Nature Park. These works will take place for approximately two to three weeks, starting week commencing Monday 17 January – weather and contractors’ schedule permitting. A range of native marginal plants will be planted around the newly created pond later in the spring.
Elmdon Nature Park is adjacent to the Jaguar Land Rover Logistics Operation Centre (JLR LOC) development. As part of the planning obligations associated with the JLR LOC development, the Council is required to deliver the area of mitigation. A condition of the development is to create additional great crested newt habitat, specifically a pond and associated hibernacula and log pile within the site. This scheme will be delivered in an area of species-poor grassland on the south-eastern edge of Elmdon Nature Park.
The ‘Newts & Shoots’ group of works is part of the Wildlife Ways / Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) Small Habitats Grants Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Bees and Trees tree planting:
Tree replacement planting is taking place in Elmdon Park from Wednesday 19 January, and continuing into the following week. This is to replace some dead trees, and a couple of vandalised trees. The contractor, idverde, will take care to avoid damage to the wet ground whilst these operations are in progress.
Bees and Trees is part of the Wildlife Ways / Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) Small Habitats Grants Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).