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Posted on September 17 2012 at 11:39:24

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Emma models one of the hats

Essential pruning work is scheduled for a cracked willow tree near the children’s play area, off Green Park Road.

The lower limbs of the tree are collapsing and pose a safety hazard and obstruction to the pathway. It is thought that children climbing the trees in the hedgerow area may be a part of the cause of the problem.

Andy Bucklitch, Tree and Woodland Officer, has stressed that pruning or felling is only undertaken when safety issues are evident.

The Parks Department – which manages the adopted public open space areas on the Oakalls and Parklands, will be working with Bromsgrove Environmental Services over the next few months to look at the trees and landscaping across the estate, including the hedgelines.

It is recognised that the landscape planting of the estate is just over 10 years old and in need of some proactive management work. 

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE FOR CHARITY
Parklands resident Emma Albutt (pictured above) was invited to take a walk into the wild last month, to help launch a winter hat collection which will raise money for an important conservation charity.

Droitwich-based Creations by Caroline gave 17-year-old Emma her first taste of modeling when the hat collection was photographed at the West Midlands Safari Park. Emma was photographed with a wild cheetah, camels and ring tailed lemurs.

“It was an amazing experience but a very long day,” says Emma, a student at South Bromsgrove High School. “I still can’t believe how close I got to some of the animals, although the lemurs were rather excitable and nipped me a few times!”

Emma agreed to take part in the shoot because 12 per cent from the sale of every hat will be donated to the Safari Park’s Namibian Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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APATHY OVER AGM
Following the tremendous turnout for the Jubilee summer party, only one person registered interest in attending the Oakalls AGM, which had been scheduled for September 16. This had been widely promoted both on the Facebook page and last month’s Village.

OPCEA (Oakalls and Parklands Community Events Association) needs your help to organise fun and interesting future events.

It’s not practical for a small group of people to invest continually the time and effort required to make things happen. So come on, volunteer now – the more the merrier!

Without new people offering to help, the association will dwindle over time and the joy of the Jubilee party will become a distant memory – recalled by some but missed by all.

Please contact OPCEA to find out how you can assist with planning future events. Roles will be allocated according to personal circumstances and the amount of time you are able to offer. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
A number of changes have been made to the original Newland Homes plans for the development of the grassland off Regents Park Road. Further to this a planning meeting took place on September 12 with the Planning Officers.

A meeting with representatives of the residents’ group is planned shortly. Currently there is no decision on which planning meeting the application will be made at, but November remains most likely.

DIARY DATES

Next PACT meeting
Tardebigge and Slideslow
7pm, Weds Nov 7, Finstall Village Hall

PACT stands for Partners and Communities Together. It gives you the chance to tell your local policing team, local authority and other partner agencies about the issues that are causing concern within your neighbourhood and which ones you want them to deal with as a priority.

Christmas Celebration - Sunday December 23
Details to follow.

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