During the summer and early autumn of 2012 the Friends of Thimblemill Brook carried out consultations with local people: outside Hurst Road Community Centre, Thimblemill Library, via the Bearwood Blog, the Council Website, Facebook and Twitter and on the Fungal Foray walk along Thimblemill Brook.
People were asked via questionnaires about what improvements they wanted for Thimblemill Brook. The majority of people were in favour of increasing access to Thimblemill Brook via a second bridge over the brook. The group were subsequently awarded funding from Community Spaces to install a bridge.
The photo will give you an idea of the sort out bridge they plan to install. A carved solid wooden sculpture will be sited at the Norman Road end of the bridge. Some native trees and wild flowers will also be planted on that section of the brook. Ongoing treatment for the removal of Japanese Knotweed will continue along all three sections of Thimblemill Brook.
There are very few places along the brook where a crossing point is suitable and would indeed be useful to local people. It is anticipated that this will improve access and will be positive improvement to the Thimblemill Brook.
On behalf of Friends of Thimblemill Brook and Sandwell MBC
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