At its meeting on 21 March, Walsall Council’s cabinet will consider a proposal for three of the borough’s green spaces to be protected forever. If Cabinet approve the proposal, an application will be made to Fields in Trust to create three new Fields in Trust, which would be at Palfrey Park, Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve and Willenhall Memorial Park.
The proposal for Palfrey Park is to secure it as an ‘Active’ Field in Trust. Through a partnership with The London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Active Spaces programme is delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust to protect and activate outdoor recreation spaces. This would assist in enabling access and use of green spaces to improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation – one of the outcomes Walsall Council is seeking to achieve through delivering on the priorities in its Corporate Plan.
Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve is proposed as one of the first ‘Dedication of Green Spaces for Good’ as a Nature Field in Trust to promote biodiversity. Fibbersley holds Local Nature Reserve status and is a habitat for rare and protected species.
Walsall Council hopes to create a living legacy to mark the World War I Centenary through Willenhall Memorial Park which would be protected forever as Centenary Fields. Run in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Centenary Fields aims to protect war memorial playing fields, parks and green spaces in memory of those who lost their lives during World War I.
If successful, the new dedications will add to previous green spaces in trust around the borough such as the Queen Elizabeth ll Fields which were created through a grassroots legacy from the momentous events of 2012: Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Councillor Chris Jones Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:
“Getting active in green spaces can have such a positive impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. What’s even better is that it’s free to get out and explore your local park or green space.”
“Walsall people are rightly proud of the wealth of countryside on their doorstep, including over 30 Local Nature Reserves, two Green Flag Nature Reserves, three Green Flag parks, two Community Green Flag ‘pocket parks’ and two Sites of Special Scientific Interest.”