Countryside Service News
Newland Guided Walk
A Free 5 mile Guided Walk led by Mike Everitt
- Parish Paths Warden and Malvern Hills District Footpath Society.
Further 2 mile option available. Sturdy footwear essential.
Booking Rooms at Worcester Woods Country Park
Why not have your next event at Worcester Woods
With 100 acres of woodland and meadows and the
landscaped Worcestershire Garden. Award winning Worcester Woods is
an ideal venue.
Situated only 5 minutes from junctions 6 &
7 of the M5. We have three rooms available for hire.
For information, please contact us on:
Walkers In Worcestershire Benefit From Severn Way
Thanks to Worcestershire County
Council's Countryside team, a section of the much-loved Severn Way
has been restored so it can continue to be enjoyed by residents and
visitors to the county.
The Severn Way is a long-distance footpath following the route of
the River Severn from Plynlimon in Wales to Bristol. Of the
footpath's 210 mile total length, Worcestershire County Council is
proud to manage the 39 miles encompassed within the county.
Due to wet weather and flooding at various times over the last 12
months, the section of the Severn Way between Worcester and Hallow
had suffered considerable erosion, with the path in some places
becoming very narrow making passage through the area challenging
for walkers. To resolve this, the Countryside team sourced and
planted local Willow, and also remodelled the sloping riverbank
using woven Hazel. This work will help to prevent further erosion
by taking power out of water and binding the soil, with silt
deposits over time restoring the bank.
Philip Coulson, Worcestershire County Council's Countryside Access
Maintenance and Improvement Officer, said:
"This traditional method of riverside
bank restoration is much more economical than hard engineering and
blends in better to its environment. The work was done with the
support of the Environment Agency who provided technical
For more information about the Severn
Way and other walks in Worcestershire, visit our Walks and Rides web
Launch of the new Hadzor Circular
is the first in a series of walks called Worcestershire Walks.
These are well waymarked and easy to use walks managed by
volunteers from across the County.
The 4.5 mile Hadzor Circular links
Droitwich Spa with the small rural village of Hadzor, walking along
a quiet waterway and through surrounding countryside. The Droitwich
Junction and Worcester and Birmingham Canals provide flat and
This is the first of three walks around
Droitwich Spa to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth
Download the Hadzor Circular Walk
leaflet (PDF 1.55 MB)
Walking for Health
Walking for Health (WfH) was
established in 2000 and has stood the test of time.
Walking for Health is England’s
national network of health walks schemes, offering regular short
walks over easy terrain with trained walk leaders. WfH currently has more than 600
local schemes with over 75,000 participants and the national centre
provides information and resources to support them.
WfH walks are free and aimed at getting more people to exercise
regularly. They are open to everyone, whatever your level of
The programme was originally a
government initiative but the national centre is now run by
Britain’s leading walking charity, the Ramblers, in partnership with
Support. The walks themselves are run by a variety of
organisations including local councils, the NHS, charities and
New Walks in Worcestershire
The Hive Health
Walk - Meets every Wednesday at 10:30 outside the Hive main
entrance. Not longer than an hour walk, normally over Diglis
Bridge. Led by an NHS Health Trainer Susan Martyr Contact: Health
Trainer Service 01905 681333
Fort Royal & Commandery Walk -
Every Tuesday 10:30 meet in the Commandery Shop, Sidbury, Worcester
WR1 2HU. These walks vary each week but always start/finish at the
Commandery and last 1 hour.
Enjoy a walk through the city's parks
and a well-earned cuppa at the end!
If it's your first time on these walks,
please arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to sign in. Please wear sturdy
footwear and outdoor clothes. Everyone welcome!
To find out more about Walking for Health (External
Website) and to see all the walks in the county.
For any further queries, you can e-mail
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
New tours of cottage
A hidden gem in Worcestershire, a small
National Trust owned chartist cottage in Dodford, between
Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, is being opened for guided tours on
the first Sunday of every month until 1st December.
Visitors will be able to take a step back in
time, and learn all about the Chartist movement and how the cottage
played its part. Rosedene cottage was built as part of the
movement, which campaigned for social and political reform in the
mid 19th century. It was first occupied in 1849 and is
Rosedene's garden, which produces fruit and
vegetables for use in the tea room at Hanbury Hall, is now
certified organic. There is also a restored orchard with nearly 100
fruit trees of traditional varieties.
To book a place on a guided tour call 01527
821214 or email email@example.com
While you're close by, why not try the
Royal Hunters' Walks, where you can explore the ancient
woodlands, local legends, flower rich meadows and nature reserves,
as you wander through the gentle rolling hills of North
Worcestershire. There are three walks to choose from 5, 8 & 12
Click here to buy the guide book.
Advice on 'Ash dieback' for walkers
Chalara dieback of ash – known as ‘ash dieback’ – is
a disease caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus which affects ash
trees and can lead to tree death. It was unknown in Britain until
earlier this year when the first cases were traced back to ash
plants imported from the Netherlands.
The Forestry Commission has advised
that public access to forest and woodland areas doesn’t pose a
significant risk to the spread of ash dieback which it is believed
may be spread by rain splash, by insects or through the movement of
diseased plants or logs.
Walkers should however follow information on official signs in
infected areas to avoid accidentally spreading the disease.
Woodland walkers can act as an extra set of eyes, looking out for
and reporting any trees which they suspect may be infected to the
What do if out walking:
- follow information and advice on any official signs – such as
- learn how to spot signs of the disease – guidance can be found
- report any suspected cases to the Forestry Commission
immediately – contact details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara
Countryside Audio Trails
Worcestershire County Council's Countryside Service unveils a
new way to experience the great outdoors. Four new Audio
Trails have been developed in the Wyre Forest area.
The Audio Trails are free and easy to download, simply save onto
your mp3 player or mobile phone. The four trails to try are:
If you have trouble downloading the files or you would like to
leave feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for outdoor space for an event?
Outdoor space at our countryside sites is available for hire for
a family party, a community event or anything else outdoors. For
further information and details of how to request a booking take a
look at the use of site form for the location you wish, these are
available on the Countryside Sites pages . Barbeque hire is also
available at Waseley Hills and Worcester Woods Country Parks, This
is booked through the cafe on site.
Coppice produce is available for sale to the public
from Worcester Woods Country Park. All of our produce is
sustainably harvested from Nunnery Woods every winter as part of
our woodland management. Hazel coppice stools are cut on a seven
year rotation producing long straight rods of varying lengths and
thickness which can be utilised throughout the garden.
We are also thinning out the oak trees in Nunnery Wood. This
wood is planked up and used to make the furniture and sculptures
that you see around Worcester Woods Country Park. Off cuts are sold
to forest schools for bench seats or sold as fire wood.
We sell bundles of beanpoles, hedging stakes and binders. We
also sell 'den building' materials for forest schools. All money
raised from sales of produce helps to support the management of our
For more information and prices download our items for sale (PDF)
Looking for a meeting room or training venue with a
Both Worcester Woods and Waseley Hills Country Parks have
meeting rooms available to hire at reasonable rates. Download our
meeting room posters below (PDF Format) for further
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This page was last reviewed 10 February 2014 at 16:11.
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