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West Midlands Natural Environment Plan: 2021 - 2026

Mapping activity across the West Midlands

During the stakeholder engagement it became clear that there is already a considerable amount of work underway across the region under different natural capital thematic areas:

  • Birmingham Urban Forest Master Plan
  • Solihull Urban Forest Strategy
  • Wolverhampton Tree Strategy
  • Coventry Tree Strategy (under consultation)
  • Black Country i-Tree project researching the urban forest.
  • Solihull Planting Our Future Arden Forest vision


Parks and Green Spaces
  • Rethinking parks NESTA/National Lottery programme (Sandwell, Walsall and Coventry)
  • Future Parks Accelerator (Birmingham)
  • Garden City (Wolverhampton/Black Country)
  • Black Country UNESCO Geopark
  • Love Solihull (Solihull, including tree schemes)
  • Linear Park (Coventry)


  • Natural England's Midlands Heathlands Heartlands opportunity mapping
  • North Walsall Heathlands
  • Highways green infrastructure planning (e.g. Wildlife Ways Solihull)
  • Fens Pools and Buckpool Nature Reserve, Dudley
  • Heathland restoration projects (Cannock Chase, Walsall, and South Staffordshire)
  • Thame Valley Wetlands Nature Improvement Area


  • Opening and de-culverting (Rea, Sherborne, Alder Brook)
  • Development of corridors (Cole, Tame and Severn partnerships)
  • Flood management and restoration (Illey Brook, Smestow Brook, Tipton & Swan Brook)
  • Habitat restoration (River Blythe)
  • Habitat restoration (River Stour)


Region Wide
  • Severn Trent Water Commonwealth Games Forest West Midlands National Park