A BUDDING new club has been set up to care for and enhance a wild area of Warndon reclaimed for the community after fly-tipping blight but needs volunteers to make it truly bloom.

The Woodmancote Wednesday Club, which meets for the first time today (Wednesday, October 3) is looking for volunteers.

Supported by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, the club will be planting spring bulbs and trees on the cleared green space at Woodmancote.

Worcester News: CHANGES: Woodmancote in Warndon pictured last winter CHANGES: Woodmancote in Warndon pictured last winter (Image: James Connell/Newsquest)

Cllr Jill Desayrah, who has supported the formation of the club, said: "This is the ideal planned time of year for this sort of planting and will result in a beautiful spring show. It is the first step, at last, in regenerating this piece of land, which has been planned for almost a year now.

"The club will meet regularly each Wednesday, between 10am and 12pm, to continue to tend and develop the space and support the biodiversity there.

"Citizen Science surveys will continue throughout the year, as the seasons unfold."

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A bat monitoring survery is planned for Thursday, October 5 at 6.30pm, with equipment provided by WWT.

WWT will guide and coordinate the activities and create the initial database for collecting the data we capture.

Future surveys, to be run at the appropriate times of the year, will include recording the diversity of flower and plant life, Insect Pollinating Watches, the Big Butterfly Count and the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Woodmancote last month played host to a pop-up cafe and was also the setting for Discovery Day in August where residents, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Sanctuary Housing and other interested parties gathered to discuss the future of the site and how to make the best use of the available green space which has become overgrown and had attracted some fly-tipping.

One idea is that wild Woodmancote could become a forest school for adventures for city children in built-up Warndon.

Led by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Sanctuary Housing, the Discovery Day was the start of planning the regeneration of the site which fell into disrepair in around 2008.

Over time Woodmancote has become derelict and inaccessible and was even used by some to dump rubbish but its potential is now being rediscovered. 

Some of the ideas collected include the provision of adventurous play, outdoor gym equipment, nature study areas and raised beds for vegetables.