Woodland saved in village plan

A woodland has been saved from the chop to make way for a new urban village of 600 homes.

Wolverhampton City Council appointed the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to carry out extensive works in the woodland to create a popular attraction for locals.

The woods will be retained as part of the development of Bilston urban village, said the council's project manager Simon Lucas.

"These works are part of the commitment of the council and the Homes and Communities Agency to improve the open spaces and infrastructure," he said.

"We want the woodland to be improved so it becomes a valuable place for the community. Many of the trees on the land were planted back in the 1980s.

"They have now grown too dense, so around two thirds of them will be removed to enable those that are left to grow larger and healthier.

"Seeds and plants will then be introduced to fill the woodland with bluebells and other woodland flowers, making it a haven for local wildlife.

"The work will also make the site more accessible and safer to use by creating views into and through the site."

Woodland work starts on 13 January and will continue until the start of the nesting season. The Wildlife Trust is to offer volunteering and training days for locals.

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