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Parks given extra protection against unauthorised encampments

Parks and open spaces across the BVT estate in south Birmingham are to be given extra protection against unauthorised encampments with a helping hand from nature.

BVT has begun installing large tree stumps in parks and open spaces including Weoley Parkway, Woodlands Park, Shenley Green and Rowheath parks and open spaces in Garland Way, Merritts Hill, Woodlands Park Road and St Laurence Road.

The tree stumps, recycled from tree works, will be used to block entrances to the parks and open spaces in a bid to reduce people entering them to set up encampments.

Juliet Davies, Estates and Stewardship Manager at BVT, said: “Unauthorised encampments in Bournville’s parks and open spaces don’t just inconvenience people who want to enjoy these spaces but when they do happen, we see increases in fly-tipping and reports of anti-social behaviour.

“We have tried to work with those who trespass to reduce incidents however, faced with continued unauthorised encampments and expensive costs we are now taking further action to protect spaces.”

As part of work to boost biodiversity in neighbourhoods, BVT is also teaming up with Bug Life to install ‘bug hotels’ around the stumps and other environmentally friendly initiatives.

If you would like to volunteer to support the biodiversity work linked to the tree stumps, please email estatesadmin@bvt.org.uk

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