The North Solihull Partnership committed to improve the green space in the North of the Borough to make it useable and accessible for residents of all ages.
When building on under-utilised green space, the loss in the quantity of the area has been replaced with improved quality by measuring this against a nationally recognised green space assessment. There is also a requirement for each household to be within 400m of Neighbourhood Green Space.
North Solihull has some great green spaces which have been transformed with more planned for the future.
North Solihull Partnership has created brand new parks at:
- Woodlands Green Park
- Chapelhouse Recreation Ground
- Burton’s Farm Park Green Space
- Dove Way Park
- Mull Croft Park
- Raglan Way Play Area
And improved parks and open space at:
- Lanchester Park & Skate Park
- Meriden Park
- Ribble & Redwing Walk Green Links
- Lowbrook Open Space Enhancements
- Longley Walk Green Space
Chapelhouse Recreation Ground
was our first major scheme created in 2008. The park in Fordbridge covers an area of 2.84 hectares and compliments a new housing scheme, Chapel Walk, which was completed in 2007. Local residents were extensively consulted on the design of the £300,000 park which is true of all of our new and improved green spaces.
2008 - Residents and the North Solihull Partnership celebrate the opening of Chapelhouse Road Recreation Ground
Burtons Farm Parkis an enhanced area of green space and is closely linked to the public realm at the new Village Centre in Smiths Wood as well as being integrated with new homes.
Dove Way ParkGirton & Gonville high rise blocks were demolished in 2013 and replaced by a new area of open space created for the community. The new space includes an area for informal play, seating, lighting, a central meeting place and new areas of planting. The scheme was part of a wider plan to improve pedestrian access to the new Village Centre at Smith's Wood.
Lanchester Parkin Smiths Wood was an under-used scruffy area of land which underwent a huge transformation and now includes a skate park and multi use games area (MUGA).
Woodlands Green Park
was created on an underused area of land between the Chester Road and Windward Way in Smith's Wood as part of green space improvements to the area.
This urban park is adjacent to the residential development, Montford Rise. A budget of £90,000 has transformed the former 8,700m² piece of land in Smith's Wood into an attractive and inviting green space for people to walk through and for children to stay and play.
The Partnership is also keen to encourage projects and businesses in the North Solihull area that lead to community involvement with the local environment.
Go-Organic is a Chemlsley Wood based Social Enterprise that seeks to involve local communities in the development and enjoyment of outdoor spaces. They have received funding this year from our grants programme. One of their many projects is the creation of a WW2 Victory Garden which was a plot of redundant waste ground which has been transformed into a thriving community garden with the help of over 40 local residents.
Other activities such as Warwick Wildlife’s Smith’s Wood Heritage Project have proved successful in recent years and it is great to see people getting involved with their surroundings.