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Keeping the Hills alive for 25 years

Posted on December 09 2009 at 8:02:27

The Lickey Hills Society is marking 25 years’ campaigning to conserve the hills and surrounding area.
It was formed in 1984 in the aftermath of a protest against plans for an artificial ski slope on Rednal Hill in the heart of the Lickey Hills.
A hastily formed group of concerned residents from across the Lickey Hills area and beyond led the campaign against the proposals, which were eventually thrown out.
During the campaign the group realised there was a need for a permanent organisation because the Lickey Hills remained under threat from other developments.
The Lickey Hills Society was formed at a public meeting on November 5, 1984 and in the years since has been involved in a number of battles to help conserve the Hills.
As well as the country park, the society’s brief includes the area from Rubery in the north to the line of the M42 in the south; and from Marlbrook and the A38 in the west to the Bittell reservoirs in the east.
Among its achievements was the promotion of a much-needed Visitor Centre, which was eventually built in Warren Lane.
Anyone who would like to know more about the Lickey Hills Society can contact its secretary, Baden Carlson, on 0121 624 9464.

Above: Lickey Hills Society members (from left) Brian Gould, Jill Harvey and Baden Carlson with Lickey Ranger Emma Woolley.

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