Before you jump in the car and
head for the countryside this summer, take a stroll down to the Wom
Brook and enjoy this fabulous local beauty spot.
Wom Brook, which gives its name
to Wombourne rises on Penn Common and joins Smestow brook at
Smestow. It is made up of four compartments each having a different
The Wom Brook corridor consists
of the water body itself and assorted vegetation banks.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust surveyed the site in May 2004 and it
was found that an active colony of Water Voles is present on at
least one section of the brook.
Water Voles are in serious decline nation wide. The much loved
endangered mammals are recognized in the local Biodiversity Action
Plan, which identifies a number of other species and outlines
recovery measures. The brook corridor also has a diversity of
aquatic margin species as well as woodland species.
The brook corridor starting from
A449 consists of a small woodland area leading down to a footbridge
crossing the Wom Brook. From here the corridor opens up a little to
parcels of incidental open space adjoining residential development.
On this section there are a number of old Willows some of which
have been pollarded over the years. The walk then crosses Mill
The section from Mill Lane to Gravel Hill consists
of slightly larger open spaces fringed with scrub and semi mature
From here on the landscape
consists of slightly larger open spaces fringed with many matures
Poplars, Alders, Willows and Oaks. There is a picnic area and
plenty of space for children to play. Along these more open
sections, habitats for a range of bird species can be found,
including Kingfisher and Dippers. Older children and grown ups
alike can enjoy exploring the area for many species to be found in
this wildlife haven. You will find a list of what to look out for
on the educational board near the foot bridge.
The final section from Millfields
Way to Bridgnorth Road consists of smaller open spaces fringed with
more dense woodland.
This picturesque area is easily
accessible at many points through the village. There are pedestrian
footpaths making it suitable for those with younger children (a
major bonus to be able to walk easily with the pushchair - I'm sure
other parents will agree!). The Wom Brook intersects with the
Railway Walk at the Gravel Hill section and the Staffordshire and
Worcestershire Canal at the Planks Lane section, so is also ideal
for those wanting a longer walking route.
So whether your interest is
conservation, exercise, a place for the children to explore, or
just a leisurely stroll through tranquil surroundings, visit the
Wom Brook - it's right there on our door step!
Held on 1st Tuesday of the month
at the Parish Council Chambers, Gravel Hill at 7.30 p.m.
Caring for the
None members are welcome to join in all
activities. The work parties involve litter collection and
plant / animal habitat management. For further information,
please contact the Friends Group Chairman using the details
All actitivities are from 10-12 noon.
For the work parties, please meet at Gravel Hill picnic benches
unless otherwise stated.
The programme of activities / events planned
for 2015 is as follows: -
||Saturday 4th April 2015
||Thursday 16th April
||Please note April's event is
||Saturday 2nd May 2015
|Flowers and insects magnified
||Saturday 16th May 2015
||Thursday 21st May 2015
||Saturday 6th June 2015
||Thursday 18th June 2015
|'Jewels of the air' - catching and counting
||Saturday 20th June 2015
Contact our Grounds Maintenance and
Bereavement Services Manager for more
Grounds Maintenance and Bereavement
Telephone: (01902) 696400
Fax: (01902) 846553
Friends Group Chairman
Telephone: (01902) 892187