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News article created on 9 October 2015

Volunteers create secret garden

Plans to transform a piece of scrubland along the Birmingham Main Line Canal into a secret community garden are well underway after volunteers planted 500 bluebell and snowdrop bulbs along Smethwick’s Galton Valley Nature Trail.

Volunteers at Galton Valley Volunteers at Galton Valley

The volunteers also planted wild strawberries, mint, and wild garlic as well as a range of native trees. Once established the bee and butterfly friendly plants will create a colourful, fragrant corridor along the Birmingham Main Line Canal, which will hopefully attract more wildlife to the waterways.

Steve Lambert, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Galton Valley Nature Trail is a really beautiful part of the waterways and thanks to our group of volunteers the towpath is slowly being transformed into a beautiful secret garden.

“In the spring the canal will be a riot of colourful plants and wonderful smells, it will be a really welcoming place for everyone that visits this part of the waterways.”