Titford Pools regeneration

We've secured £1.3 million to regenerate Titford Pools in Oldbury.

We're working in partnership with the European Regional Development Fund, Highways England and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to improve the water quality and encourage wildlife back to the Titford Pools in Oldbury.

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Hidden away under the M5 motorway Titford Pools is located along the Titford Canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

The Pools were originally constructed as a small reservoir in the 1770s to feed the Titford Canal and today feeds water to both the canal and to Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham.

Over the years, they have become silted up which is affecting the water quality and impacting on the amount and variety of wildlife visiting the pools.

Two year project

The two-year project will involve dredging the pools to remove the build-up of silt and a redesign of the drainage channels from the M5 motorway to stop road debris from entering the pools. Work will also include cutting back the trees, bushes and shrubs to open up the pools to encourage more plants and wildlife to the area as well as clearing pathways and updating the visitor signage.

Once finished the pools will be a lovely place to visit with lots of animals and insects flying and fluttering around and with colourful boats in the pools. It will be great spot for local communities to go for a walk or cycle ride or to just enjoy spending time outdoors.

The project is also supported by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) and the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS). 

Photo credit: Titford Pools - Copyright Bill Payer. geograph.org.uk p39516

Last date edited: 2 November 2020