FILM: Project Wild Thing – Saturday 14th March

project-wild-thingOur next film night will show Project Wild Thing  ‘Reconnecting kids with nature’

How important are nature, wildness and free-range living for kids and adults to exist alongside an increasingly industrialised and technological society?

Date: Saturday 14th March, 7.30pm

Where: Friends Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1UR

Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.

  • All Welcome
  • Refreshments
  • Entry by Donation

Stourbridge Photographic competition 2013

photo-competitionRiver Stour photo competition.

Send us your photo of the River Stour or flora, fauna, wildlife around the river.

Judging will take place in October and if we have enough good entries we will have a calendar made in time for Christmas.

1st Prize:        £50 and a trophy courtesy of Waitrose

2nd Prize:      £20 and membership to the RSPB

3rd Prize:        £20 book token

Submit Date:         Between 15th May 2013 & 30th Sept 2013

Continue reading “Stourbridge Photographic competition 2013”

Good Morning Mr Monsanto – a poem by Peter Howe

Good Morning Mr Monsanto
Peter Howe

“Roundup Ready soybeans did not exist except by science. It was man-created. We took something that would not have occurred without our efforts and intervention and we created something of much higher value. In this country, that qualifies for a patent.” Scott Baucum on the Monsanto website. Continue reading “Good Morning Mr Monsanto – a poem by Peter Howe”

River Stour Event – Sunday 11th November

Date: Sunday 11th November at 2pm

We will be picking along (and in!) the brook alongside Hodge Hill and Central Avenue.

It will be best to park at Wollescote Hall (Postcode is DY9 7JG & map) and walk down the hill along Wollescote Road (walk out of the main park gates and turn left). There is an entrance for walkers just before Hodge Hill. I’ll make sure there is a hi vis vest tied to the gate so everyone can see it.

Please bring wellington boots and waterproofs if you want to get into the brook – it is very muddy! For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there is plenty of litter on nearby paths and verges and alongside the brook in Wollescote Park.

Continue reading “River Stour Event – Sunday 11th November”

River Stour Events: Sunday 14th October / Sunday 11th November

Our next event will take place on Sunday 14th October. We will meet on the grass in front of Formula 1 in Lye, though any cars might need to be parked elsewhere (perhaps in the carparks on the bypass?) As usual 10.15 for 10.30.

The next event will be Sunday 11th November afternoon meeting at 1.50 for 2pm. The site is on the right of Wollescote Road as you come down the hill past the Hall (on the left). In the dip at the bottom there are a small amount of parking spaces which may or may not be available. Continue reading “River Stour Events: Sunday 14th October / Sunday 11th November”

River Stour Clear Water Project update – June 2012

Last Clean-up Day

Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency
Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency

We returned to the blockage caused by a fallen tree in the wooded area near the Bonded Warehouse and a lot of energy and enthusiasm went into clearing out the debris and plastic caught in it. We also litter picked and pulled out quite a lot of Himalayan balsam.There is a lot of rubbish lying in the river silt. It would be nice to be able to extract some of this in the future.

Future Dates

We are going to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays for events so the next one will be:

Sunday 17th June (Coalbourne Brook)
Meeting at the carpark on Collis Street at 10.30. As vegetation is high all around the brook, we suggest protective clothing and wellies. The brook has some litter in it but also a lot of blockage from wood. Small saws might be useful and if you have any equipment like hoes and rakes that you could bring it would be useful too.

Saturday 14th July (to be confirmed)
To be confirmed but it will probably be a ‘get to know river walk’/litter pick and look at the outflows shown to us by the Environment Agency where pollution can occur. This is one of their requests that we learn to spot and report pollution. There will probably be Himalayan balsam to pull as well.

Environment Agency Meeting

We are hoping to meet Julia Morris from the Environment Agency shortly to see where the water testing points are and have selected the areas where the pollution shows up as worst. (zinc, ammonia, low oxygen, phosphate, cadmium, classed variously as moderate poor and bad).

Do let us know if you have thoughts or suggestions for the future?

If you are interested in getting involved with the River Stour project, we’d love to hear from you…Please contact Rosanne using the form below:

Continue reading “River Stour Clear Water Project update – June 2012”

River Stour and canal development included in Stourbridge Area Action Plan

River Stour, Stourbridge on A491 bridge

Plans to regenerate the River and canal-sides in Stourbridge and make the town more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists are included a proposed final version of the Stourbridge Area Action Plan

New pathways alongside the River Stour and new pedestrian crossing points on parts of Stourbridge ring road to help make the town centre more accessible by foot or bicycle are among the ideas included in the regeneration plan.

New green space is also proposed alongside the banks of the River Stour to encourage wildlife, create an attractive green landscape and promote outdoor recreation such as walking and cycling.

The plan also sets out to improve the Stourbridge Wharf area, by the Stourbridge branch canal, and highlights proposals to improve visitor attraction facilities and canal-based tourism. Continue reading “River Stour and canal development included in Stourbridge Area Action Plan”