Originally the Friends of Ten Acres, this was a community group set up by Sustainable Life Birmingham to manage and restore the derelict woodland of Ten Acres Park in Stirchley. Our aim was to transform the derelict Ten Acres heritage woodland site, open up the space and make it safe for public use again while monitoring and supporting wildlife on the site. You can learn more about this project here.
Following the success of Ten Acres we merged with the inactive Friends of Hazelwell Park group and took on the next two stretches of the river rea to encompass all of Stirchley’s River Rea Route (Learn more about our areas here). Thus we became the Friends of Rea Valley Stirchley.
Our goal for the site as a whole is to continue the good work carried out in Ten Acres – ensuring public access is maintained while monitoring and supporting wildlife and plant bio diversity on the sites with conservation work and a comprehensive woodland/river management plan tailored to each sites unique range of habitats.