Friends of Kingsbury Water Park 


March 2017 ... Now four years on from the formation of the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park (FoKWP) group; our website has been up and running for three years.

Our Walks have now been updated and revised. Please visit our Downloads Page; send any comments to Facebook or email Friends.KWP@gmail.com

The Friends of Kingsbury Water Park welcome any new members to their next meeting, at 7pm in the Education Centre of the Water Park on Wednesday, September 6th 2017.

Like most voluntary groups we have lots of ideas and enthusiasm, but a shortage of funds to see them all through. Nevertheless we have seen a few projects launched and many completed; with others are still ongoing.

 

  1. Bug Hotel
  2. Wild Flower planting
  3. Walks (To be found on the DOWNLOAD Page)
  4. Woodland Trust Wild Trees application
  5. Purchase of Fruit Trees for an Orchard
  6. Changing Places Toilet (initially a temporary facility to determine need & usage; then hopefully a permanent one).

 Water Birds Info Board 

Thank you to the KWP volunteers for putting in our long-awaited bird information board today. It looks great......and the birds clearly agree! We'd also like to say thank you to the Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership for helping with this project and for providing match funding via the Heart of England Community Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsbury Water Park meets Countryfile

 For those of you who missed Countryfile Sunday, April 30th; and for those of you who wish to view again. This is the segment from Sunday's Countryfile with Steve Brown in The Water Park & along the canal finding water voles. The video is quite long at just over 6mins; first half of which is in the Park.
Happy viewing!!!!

Video link click here

Taming the Tame

Between Birmingham and Tamworth lie a network of rivers, canals and waterways which provide a home to otters, herons and even the famous water vole. Despite being on the doorstep of over a million people the Tame Valley is a haven for Warwickshire’s wetland wildlife. Water voles were once a common sight along Britain’s rivers but their range shrunk dramatically as the countryside was industrialised and the invasive mink introduced. It’s now only commonly found in tributaries further up the river. Steve Brown is on the scene to find out where the voles are and what work is being done to allow them to expand back into the valley.

http://www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk/

Changing Places Toilet Update

The Changing Places Toilet is now open; the official opening will be in early September.

The Changing Places Toilet has now been delivered, & is being installed at the Water Park, on the Broomey Croft side. These toilets have for some time been a major cause for the Friends; & due to our persistence this is bearing fruition. Hopefully, after HS2 we will have another one on the main site !!!! This will be the first Changing Places Toilet to be installed in a Warwickshire park.& we can show some initial photos. Completion date will be announced here when we are informed.

Company websites - apparently these sites will be showing progress & ongoing photos -

https://www.facebook.com/ihusprojects/

http://www.ihuschangingplaces.com/index.html

http://ihusannexe.com/

  


Kingsbury Water Park is a country park in North Warwickshire, England, not far from Birmingham and lying besides the River Tame on its eastern border. It is owned and managed by Warwickshire County Council. It has fifteen lakes situated in over 600 acres (2.4 km²) of country park. It is renowned for its bird-life, and is popular with birdwatchers. It is bordered on the western edge by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

The setting up of the Water Park, from when planning permission was agreed in 1973 up to the day of opening, May 24th 1975. Money for the project came from the County Council and from a grant provided by the Countryside Commission. The gravel pits had been identified as a suitable area to develop following the 1968 Countryside Act which gave councils the power to establish country parks.

It was decided that Kingsbury was a suitable area to develop lakes which would ‘slow down’ the flow of water that was brought, via the Tame, from Birmingham’s conurbation into the River Trent to the north. Up until that point the River Trent had the reputation for being the most polluted river in the country and, as a major supplier to the city of Nottingham, the water authorities were anxious to promote any scheme which would help to reduce the debris flowing down.

On the 24th May 1975 Kingsbury Water Park welcomed its very first visitor. Since then millions of people have grown up with the park, coming at first with their parents, then returning again and again with their own children

In 1979/80, with the advent of the M42, the Water Park acquired land north of the motorway where the Nature Reserve was established. The caravan used in the Nature Reserve by the West Midlands Bird Club was eventually abandoned due to flooding and vandalism.

The park has also 'grown up'; from just 2 lakes in 123 acres to 15 lakes in 620 acres; from 50,000 visitors in the first year to 370,000 in 2012.The transformation from worked-out gravel sandpits to the beautiful landscaped park of today is amazing. Stroll along the flat surfaced paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, hire a bike, join an organised event or host your own event. Whatever your idea of a countryside visit is, you will find it at Kingsbury.

Throughout the park are a number of bridleways and footpaths. There are a variety of opportunities available for water-sports, including water skiing, jet-skis, power boats, sailing and model boat racing.

There is also a 7¼" gauge ridable miniature railway known as Echills Wood Railway. It is run by enthusiasts, who provide a 2 km loop, running a selection of steam, diesel and electric trains. Normally, the railway is open every Sunday, all weekend when it is a Bank Holiday weekend, and during Warwickshire school holidays they will endeavour to run on Wednesdays and Fridays, subject to sufficient staff. 







Contact us at
Friends.KWP@gmail.com
Next Friends Meeting:
Wednesday, September 6th 2017
Meet at The Education Centre of the Water Park                                                            
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