The park remains open and public use is subject to the current government guidelines on exercise and meeting out of doors:
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, you can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors.
Public outdoor places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- the grounds of a heritage site
The children’s playgrounds at Oakley and Willow Park are open for use. Safety inspections of the playground equipment are taking place.
Social distancing measures must still take place.
Children using playgrounds should be looked after by one person, avoid if the area is crowded, use sanitiser or wipes before and after touching grips, handles, bars.
Consumption of food or drink on play equipment or in the playground area is banned.
PLEASE dispose of all litter including any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves properly in litter bins.
Respect this advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Willow Park is an attractive area of parkland situated on Needlers End Lane with a children’s play area and plenty of space for picnics, games, walking and rambling. It has many mature trees and is well worth a visit.
The Council is currently mounting a major programme of work in the park to attract more visitors. Local residents have given us a great deal of help with working on plans for the future, which are already starting to come to fruition. Residents helped with clearing some of the overgrown areas of the park and planted many hundreds of bulbs in 2018 and 2019, so spring 2020 should be a real picture. Solihull Council provided the bulbs and a lot of the heavy ground clearance work was done by the Warwickshire Conservation Volunteers. We are particularly grateful for their contribution.
2019 has also seen the planting of trees and hedging plants, provided free from the Woodland Trust, the Arden Free Tree Scheme and 5 native Black Poplars from the Queens Canopy scheme. Again Warwickshire Conservation Volunteers and Friends of Willow Park have done all the planting work.
The Friends of Willow Park group has been created by residents to specifically act as a focus for people using the park and to access grants for park improvements, they have a Facebook page, which is well worth a look.
Friday 11th October 2019 saw Balsall Common Primary School, Friends of Willow Park and Solihull Mayor Stuart Davis sow poppy seeds in Willow Park.
2020 should see a lovely display of poppies to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII. The money for the seeds came from Solihull Council’s Neighbourhood Services Ward Action Plan for Balsall via Balsall Parish Council.
Work took place in March 2019 to install a tarmac path to link the existing path to the upper part of the park and out (or in) at the top gates – also now replaced with railings to match the existing metal ones at the lower entrance.
New play equipment is now in the the existing play area. The pieces have been chosen to widen the provision for the under 5’s. One of the swings removed to make way was installed around 45 years ago!
The park was fitted with 6 pieces of adult gym equipment, including one specifically for wheelchair users, in the Spring of 2019.
We are also hoping to develop a “forest school” atmosphere in the wilder parts of the park to enable more structured activity for school children and people interested in wildlife so keep an eye on this for the future.
Willow Park is there for your recreation and enjoyment so why not come and enjoy what it offers? Should you be interested in taking a more active role in helping with the park then contact the Parish Clerk for more information on the number below:
Tel: 01676 535679