Following the felling of many old and unsafe poplars there has been a flush of new growth.
Not surprisingly much unwanted bind weed trying to swamp the hundreds of young newly planted trees, yet, there amongst it, Hops , Wheat and Barley ! - just shouting out the industrial heritage of the site, The Mitchells and Butlers Brewery land. It’s many years since beer was brewed at the big Smethwick brewery, but nature doesn’t forget and this summers’ weather has enabled these plants to grow and remind us of the local history.
Nature still thrives on the site which has grassland with meadow plants, woodland and water features including ponds and a brook. The new owners, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country and the Friends of Deers Leap Wood volunteers aim to re-establish paths and steps to increase accessibility around the site, to help natural habitats mature and provide an oasis for both local people and wildlife right in the heart of our City. Volunteer workparties are held on the first Sunday afternoon of every month and our next one will therefore be on 4th October.
If you want to know more or to contribute in any way please call Paul Stephenson at the Wildlife Trust on 0121 454 1199