The above photo was taken while members of the Friends group worked to clear weeds and undergrowth, threatening to choke and overgrow the plant species recently supplied by the South Staffordshire Council, and planted in place mainly by the Friends of Wom Brook’s chairman!
To the left of the photo the Brook is just visible.
The South Staffordshire District Council have consistently supported Brook clean-up events, and the work being undertaken on the patch of waste ground close to the veterinary surgery on Rookery Road is yet another example of the support and co-operation that continues to be developed between both parties.
Council workers are becoming familiar with the locations where ongoing conservation work is underway, so much so that on Monday morning this week, the usual driver who regularly delivers the skip was convinced that it was required at the picnic site near Gravel Hill, instead of the Mill Lane car park.
The driver himself soon rectified the misunderstanding, when he realised that he’d delivered to the wrong location. He soon returned, and relocated the skip, allowing clearing work to get underway.
Between Rookery Road (opposite the veterinary surgery) and the Wom Brook, where the footbridge crosses the Brook close to the Guide Hut, there is a patch of waste ground (arrowed in red in the above photograph), which is included within the general conservation area overseen by the South Staffordshire Council and the Friends of Wom Brook Group.
At last Tuesday’s monthly committee meeting, it was decided to form a working party in order to complete the sterling work already undertaken by the Chairman, Anita Ferguson, in clearing space to plant wild flowers. Already these flowers (which have replaced nettles and grasses), have attracted several species of insects.
The District Council should be providing a half skip in order to collect the cleared undergrowth. This will be located temporarily on the car park at the rear of the Guide hut.