Friends of Kingsbury Water Park 


March 2020 ... Now seven years on from the formation of the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park (FoKWP) group; our website has been up and running for six 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, April 22nd 2020.

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).
  7. Second Changing Places Toilet on main site.

 

 Second Changing Places Toilet at Kingsbury Water Park.

 The Friends of Kingsbury Water Park are hoping to improve access for disabled people at Kingsbury Water Park in North Warwickshire by installing a Changing Places Toilet next to the Visitor Centre at the main entrance. This is a toilet with a hoist and a changing bed for people whose needs are not met by standard disabled toilets.

In 2017 the park installed a Changing Places Toilet at the Broomey Croft entrance to the park (north of the M42) and this was very well received by grateful visitors. We would now like to install a similar facility at the main park site (south of the M42) so that disabled visitors can enjoy and explore the rest of the park too.

We have been awarded a £35,000 grant towards this project and the park have pledged a further £25,000. However, we still have a shortfall of £16,000 to find. Due to coronavirus we have had to cancel the fund raising events that we had planned for 2020. If you can help us to achieve our goal by donating towards this project, we would be extremely grateful. Any donation, however small, will be a great help.

Changing Places facilities can make a world of difference to people and families who have extra needs. Feedback we received from the original installation included: 'What a God send these facilities are' 'Brilliant facilities. Much needed' and 'vital for our family with disabled twins'.


The nationwide Changing Places campaign to improve facilities in all public places is now over 10 years old. There are nearly 1500 Changing Places Toilets across the country. For more information on Changing Places facilities, please click the link here Changing Places.

Thank you for reading this!

 

 Water Park Tales

 A few Water Park stories for younger park visitors are available on our web site. Apologies in advance for the amateur scripts and illustrations but, in the absence of bookshops at the moment, they may pass a bit of time for little ones!

 

 

Pdf files are available to download,      (please click on book title) --

Hayden Heron

Tobias the Tufted Duck

Sienna Sand Martin

Caleb Coot

Martha Mallard

 

 


Some of the Friends joined Sutton Coldfield's RSPB group on Wednesday, 11th December for a walk around Canal Pool and along the canal to Sita Hide. It was a beautiful sunny morning for the event but decidedly chilly, too!

 

 Changing Places Awareness Day Update.


Dodging the rain outside the Visitor Centre on Friday 19th July (Changing Places International Awareness Day) to promote KWP's own Changing Places Toilet at Broomey Croft. At the same time, the Friends were, of course, gathering support for a similar facility near the Visitor Centre too......


 

 We need Changing Places Toilets! - PETITION


Changing Places Toilets are essential for up to 250,000 people in the UK to enable them to travel and visit places for a day out.
There are now over 1,100 in the UK. Kingsbury Water Park now has one at Broomeycroft but we also need one for the main side of the park. Please support our campaign for a second Changing Places Toilet.

Download the Petition Here

Official opening of KWP's new Changing Places Toilet.

Over 30 people braved the rainy weather on Tuesday to attend the official opening of Kingsbury Water Park's new Changing Places Toilet at Broomey Croft. Fortunately for attendees, the rain stopped just at the right time! A few speeches & the cutting of the ribbon was followed by a lovely buffet, provided by the Granary Tea Rooms. Thanks to Denise & staff for the wonderful food (especially the fantastic 'themed' cup cakes) and to Broomey Croft Children's Farm for allowing us to spill over into their covered picnic area.

Thanks also to Cllr Andy Jenns for opening the new facility and, of course, to Warwickshire County Council for installing it.

Finally, a special thanks to Jane & Gillian from Accessible Derbyshire who made quite a lengthy trip to join the celebration. They both spoke movingly about the difference that Changing Places facilities can make to families affected by disability and both were so passionate about the campaign that their enthusiasm couldn't help but rub off onto everyone present!

 

 

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 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, April 22nd 2020; 7 pm
Meet at The Education Centre of the Water Park                                                            
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