Community comes together to revamp Keresley Jubilee Wood

Keresley Parish Council have had the following article posted in the Coventry Observer. Thanks to Tristan Harris for promoting our work. The original article can be found at the link below.

https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/community-comes-together-to-revamp-keresley-jubilee-wood

HUGE progress was made on a ‘day of action’ last Wednesday as part of the project to restore Keresley Jubilee Wood to its former glory.

Grass was cut along the footpath and in the orchard and two new benches were installed, taking the total to three.

One of the benches is by entrance for those not able to walk around the whole wood but wanting to visit, and another on the far side provides a great spot to watch the sun set.

Litter picking was also carried out in the wood and along Watery Lane with new ‘No Litter, No Fouling’ signs.

Recently, plaques and signs have been reinstalled by the Coventry Park Rangers, replacing one which had become rotten and blown down and another for a tree planted by Keresley Parish Council in 2016 to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The latter plaque had been vandalised and stolen, later recovered during a litter pick.

Coun Matthew Dille thanked everyone involved in the day of action, including volunteers, Bablake and Holbrook ward councillors and representatives from the Change Grow Live – Coventry charity.

“I am particularly grateful for the support Coventry Park Rangers has provided.

“Without them, these events would have not been possible, as they have provided all of the tools, guidance and PPE and kept us entertained during the hard work.

“There is only three in their team and they have the whole city to cover.”

Back in January, a vision to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was set out.

“With the dedication of many local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, the

President Kennedy School and 13th Coventry Scout Group, I think we have achieved that over the last five months.

“However, we mustn’t stop here, there is always more to be done and we need continued support for Keresley Jubilee Wood.”

Coun Dille urged local people to visit and enjoy Keresley Jubilee Wood and all it has to offer.

Flytipping at Jubilee Wood

Less than 24 hours since hard working volunteers and Coventry Park Rangers laid tools down at the end of a fantastic Action Day, tidying up the lovely green space, Keresley Jubilee Wood has been subject to flytipping again. This is wholly unacceptable.

This has now been reported: FS-Case-430182767

Please report any flytipping using the following link, it’s very quick and easy: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/street-scene/flytipping

Planning Application Response: Land between Bennetts Road and Fivefield Road

Keresley Parish Council have written a response to Outline Application OUT/2022/0712 proposed by Richborough Estates.

Location: Land between Bennetts Road and Fivefield Road

Proposal: Outline application for the demolition of all existing buildings (save for Poddy Cottage) and the erection of up to 290 dwellings and creation of associated vehicular accesses to Bennetts Road and Fivefield Road, pedestrian/cycle accesses, diversion of public rights of way, highway improvements, parking, landscaping, drainage features, open space, and associated infrastructure, with all matters to be reserved except vehicular access points into the site.

There are several other applications current open for public consultation. The search results can be filtered to just display applications within Keresley Parish. Please do make the most of the opportunity to express your views on these applications.

https://planningsearch.coventry.gov.uk/Planning

Planning Application Response: Land off Watery Lane

Keresley Parish Council have written a response to the Full Planning Application FUL/2022/0669 proposed by O’Flanagan Homes.

Location: Land off Watery Lane, Coventry, CV7 8JA

Proposal: Erection of four dwellings houses (Use Class C3); associated access, landscaping and works.

There are several other applications current open for public consultation. The search results can be filtered to just display applications within Keresley Parish. Please do make the most of the opportunity to express your views on these applications.

https://planningsearch.coventry.gov.uk/Planning

Planning Application Response: Fivefield Road and Tamworth Road

Keresley Parish Council have written a response to Reserved Matters (Major) Application RMM/2022/0633 proposed by Bellway.

Location: Land at Fivefield Road and Tamworth Road, Coventry

Proposal: Submission of Reserved Matters for 284 dwellings off Fivefield Road, for all matters outstanding pursuant to permission OUT/2019/0022 granted on 07/02/2022 for the demolition of all existing buildings and the erection of up to 550 dwellings, and creation of associated vehicular accesses to Tamworth Road and Fivefield Road, pedestrian/cycle and emergency accesses, highway improvements to Fivefield Road, parking, landscaping, drainage features, open space and associated infrastructure, with all matters to be reserved except access points into the site.

There are several other applications current open for public consultation. The search results can be filtered to just display applications within Keresley Parish. Please do make the most of the opportunity to express your views on these applications.

https://planningsearch.coventry.gov.uk/Planning

Jubilee Wood Action Day 2

Thank you to all of the volunteers and Joe at Coventry Park Rangers for all of your help today at the Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day 2. It was a really productive session!

There were 7 of us in total finishing off the bramble removal in the Orchard Area. That will be enough bramble removal for now as it is important to still retain some around the wood for nesting, food etc.. Large piles of brambles have been made, which will rot over time.

We also planted around 75 Bluebell bulbs around trees along the eastern footpath – keep your eyes out for when these flower. Earlier in the week, Coventry Park Rangers replaced a rotting gate post at the entrance.

Please do visit the wood and let us know what you think!

The transformation of Jubilee Wood is progressing very well, but of course there is still much more to do. Watch this space for the date of the next session where we will be doing some different activities and we would love for you to get involved.

Spontaneous Litter Pick

A spontaneous litter pick today resulted in the collection of exactly 300 cans, glass and plastic bottles. This was just around the entrance of the unmade footpath that joins Rookery Lane with Watery Lane.

The footpath has been overgrown for some time, but as part of the wider Keresley Jubilee Wood rejuvenation project, the plan is to bring it back into use to improve connectivity and reduce antisocial behaviour.

There is still a lot more to do, but the progress today made a big difference to the appearance of the area.

Check out our upcoming Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day and Monthly Litter Pick Events if you’d like to get involved!

12th March – Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day

2nd April – Monthly Litter Pick Event