ERDF Solihull Habitat and Nature Improvements Project

In April 2017, Solihull Council was successful with a funding application to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to undertake a wide range of habitat and nature improvement projects across the borough.

The application was made under the ERDF Priority Axis 6d: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and will result in improved conservation status for 121 hectares of habitat.

The three year programme of woodland, grassland, wetland and water quality improvements will be delivered across publicly accessible green space within Solihull.

The funding will be used to undertake 28 individual habitat improvement schemes that collectively will increase and strengthen the capacity of the natural environment to deliver ecosystem services across the region. All of the proposed schemes are located in the urban areas of Solihull.

The Environment Agency and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust are strategic partners on the delivery of the project.

Woodland management

The woodland management works begin on Wednesday 17 January, starting in Alcott Wood and followed by Hillfield Park, Dorridge Wood and Elmdon Park.

The works involve the selective thinning of trees. This is being done to improve the overall health of the woodland, enhance biodiversity and improve access. Woodlands need to contain trees of a variety of species, ages and heights. This variety means that lots of different species of wildlife can find suitable areas to live and thrive within the wood.

For safety reasons it is necessary to temporarily close the woodland to the public for the duration of the woodland management works. Large machinery will be used to undertake tree thinning across the entire woodland and this cannot be undertaken safely without the exclusion of members of the public.

Read the woodland management FAQs.

European Regional Development Fund

The project has received £966,552 of funding from the ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

More information on the project is available here: www.solihull.gov.uk/Planning/Habitats-leaflet.pdf.

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