The Birmingham Main Line Canal is being transformed into a green oasis in the heart of the city.
Life can be hectic in our cities and so it's vital to have green spaces that we can escape to where we can relax and unwind.
In 2013 we began a three year partnership with The Wildlife Trust to ‘green up’ 17 kilometres of the Birmingham Main Line Canal. Thanks to the £2,000 raised by supporters of our launch appeal we've been improving able to improve access to the canal and make it a nicer place to escape to. This also benefits the local economy.
The banks of the canal have been softened with coir rolls, encouraging wildlife to flourish. The existing vegetation has been managed to make sure the area is attractive year-round and planting native species was a key feature of the project. Plants that offer benefits to people and wildlife include apple, cherry, mulberry, lavenders and even grapes.
"What we want to do is take Birmingham’s Canals to the next stage. It’s essential work." Paul Wilkinson
Paul Wilkinson is the Canal & River Trust ecologist looking after the project. Before the project began, he explained: “What we want to do is take Birmingham’s Canals to the next stage. It’s essential work. If we want canals to be great places for wildlife and people, then we’re going to have to give people an enhanced experience when they visit.
"By encouraging others to join the project, we are hoping to grow beyond the current footprint and try to change the perception of some of our quieter canal areas.
This project is on-going and is being carried out in partnership with Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area and The Wildlife Trust.