Celebrating the Tame Valley Wetlands
On Saturday 28th May committee members from the Tamworth and District Civic Society ran a stall at the annual TameFest event, organised by the Tame Valley Wetlands Initiative. This year’s event, at Kingsbury Water Park, which followed the inaugural TameFest held at Coleshill in 2015, was once again a success attracting an estimated 1,500 visitors.
Tamefest brings together local groups to celebrate the vibrant heritage of the Tame Valley Wetlands. The Tame Valley, between Birmingham and Tamworth, has a lot to offer, not least in terms of its beautiful historical buildings, amazing wildlife, traditional crafts and outdoor sports and recreation.
The day was sunny and warm and, in addition to promoting the work of the society and talking to visitors, members took advantage of the events programme which included Coleshill Town Band, Tamworth’s Shoebox Theatre and Ansley’s Morris Dancers. Strolling around the lakes and meadows of Kingsbury Waterpark highlighted the rich environmental heritage of the area, particularly the profusion of wildflowers and wildfowl. A visit to the village of Kingsbury afforded members the opportunity to view Kingsbury Hall, which dates from circa 1500.
Next year’s Tamefest will take place in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
About the Tame Valley Wetlands Initiative
Tame Valley Wetlands is a landscape partnership, led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a variety of organisations including local councils, groups, charities and statutory bodies.
Their vision is ‘to create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all’ in the Tame Valley Wetlands, located between Birmingham and Tamworth, in North Warwickshire and south-east Staffordshire.
The body is delivering a £2.5 million scheme, to complete a series of conservation projects to restore heritage and improve the area for wildlife, whilst also reconnecting local people with their landscape. This will be achieved by improving access and learning, so that everyone can enjoy the Tame Valley Wetlands.
Training and volunteering opportunities will be offered so that local people can gain heritage conservation skills, and a programme of exciting events and activities aimed at all ages and interests will also be delivered.
To read more about the Tame Valley Wetlands Initiative visit its website. http://www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk/
Images in this blog post attributed as follows: TDCS stall (Susan Biggs), Morris dancers (Susan Biggs), Kingsbury Hall (Tina Williams), Tame Valley Wetlands Logo (Tina Williams), wildfowl (Susan Biggs) and lake and wetlands (Tina Williams).