PLANS were expected to be approved this week to designate what remains of Chelmsley Wood’s woodland and the nearby lake in Meriden Park as a local nature reserve.
The status, afforded to important wildlife habitats and conservation areas, should grant greater protection for the piece of land.
However, there has recently been a ruckus in neighbouring Kingshurst, connected to the proposed development of the Babbs Mill site - which was awarded the status ten years ago.
Nonetheless, Councillor Chris Williams (Green, Chelmsley Wood) was pleased about the plan to protect one of the last pieces of the once sweeping woodland which gave the estate its name.
“Making this a local nature reserve will hopefully help ensure the area gets the love and attention as well as the protection it deserves,” he said.
“It’s such a good idea, you have to ask why didn’t we do this before?”