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Tree-Mendous Tree’s – What a Variety!

The trees on Ashmore Park are both loved and in some areas a source of complaint.

Yet trees are often just taken for granted by most of us. It is trees that clean the air we breath, it is trees and their roots that create soil stability, they also reduce  noise by absorbing traffic noise, and then dulling it. They also are used to ‘suck up’ excess water and reducing flood risk.


We have all sorts of trees on Ashmore Park and across Wednesfield North.

Trees are also important for our wildlife , birds in particular. Every time we lose a tree we affect the local wildlife. Now its also true that we have to ensure that trees are healthy and unaffected by disease and pests. There has been a reconition that an increasing number of diseases are affecting trees in the UK.

Ash dieback alone has affected millions of Ash trees in the UK.

Trees within the Ashmore Park itself are a great resource, and there is a huge number of variety to be found there. You may not know but there is a line of Common Oak (Quercus robur) in Ashmore Avenue, Griffiths Drive and Kitchen Lane that appear to be over 100 years old and the thoughts are that these trees were part of the old field boundaries.

Inside the park (The Ashmore Park) our tree population is of a mixed age and species

The park was constructed when the estate was built back in the 50’s; there are a massive 427 mature trees on The Ashmore Park site that may have been planted when the park was first established and the remainder have been planted since that date.

A further note of interest that due to the wet nature of this site, it would appear that a number of trees were planted on the parks perimeter; this may have been done to dry the site and reduce the risk of flooding (the park is higher than adjoining land on the south and west side of the park).

There is 60 trees that belong to the Common Lime species and there are 60 trees that are Grey Alder. Whitebeam is represented by  44 trees. 37 Poplar trees and 32 Horse Chestnut trees. They are the biggest varieties in the Park. According to the Forestry Commission, black poplar is the most endangered native timber tree in Britain. We have 37 of these trees in our Park! How about that then!

We also have  2 Silver lime (binomial name Tilia tomentosa) it is a species of Tilia native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from Hungary and the Balkans east to western Turkey.

One of the varieties of trees we have is one of the giants of the tree World – Red Cedar – Thuja plicata is a large to very large tree, ranging up to 65 to 70 m (213 to 230 ft) tall and 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft) in trunk diameter, exceptionally even larger Trees grow in North America! In short you can see rather than Ashmore Park having just boring old trees! In fact we have a marvellous set of tree species that the City of Wolverhampton should be proud of!


Ashmore Park – Tree Inventory 2/9/2016
Common Name Botanical Name Age Class Total Trees
Cappadocian Maple Acer cappadocian Semi mature 5
Caucasian Elm Zelkova carpinifolia Mature 16
Common Alder Alnus glutinosa Mature 3
Common Beech Fagus sylvatica Mature 4
Common Lime Tilia europeus Mature 60
English Oak Quercu robur Mature 5
Field Maple Acer campestre Mature 27
Flowering Cherry Prunus spp Semi mature 12
Flowering Crab Apple Malus spp Semi mature 9
Common Ash Fraxinus excelsior Mature 18
Golden Ash Fraxinus ‘Jaspidea’ Semi Mature 3
Grey Alder Alnus incana Semi Mature 60
Hawthorn Crataegus spp Mature 5
Holly Ilex aquifolium Mature 1
Horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Mature 32
Italian Alder Alnus cordata Semi Mature 1
London Plane Platanus hispanica Mature 3
Lombardy Poplar Populus italica Mature 8
Maple Acer spp Semi Mature 6
Norway Maple Acer platanoides Mature 4
Poplar Populus nigra Mature 37
Purple Sycamore Acer ‘Crimson King’ Semi Mature 2
Rowan Sorbus aucuparia Mature 15
Silver Birch Betula pendula Mature 1
Silver Lime Tilia tomentosa Mature 2
Swamp Cypress Taxodium distichum Mature 11
Swedish Whitebeam Sorbus intermedia Mature 17
Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus Mature 10
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima Semi Mature 4
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata Mature 2
Whitebeam Sorbus aria Mature 44
Trees on Site 427




New Trams

Tram Back Running On Track – 2nd December 2017

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Today I have received this information relating to Line One of the Midlands Metro.” Please readers note the content…….

14 November 2017

Dear Councillor

Return to two-way traffic on A41 Bilston Road

We are delighted to announce the tram track replacement works are to complete on 2 December 2017. These works have been completed ahead of schedule and on budget by the Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your constituents for your patience and understanding during this essential maintenance project.

The A41 Bilston Road will reopen to road traffic in both directions from on Saturday 2 December 2017.

At this time you may notice trams running from Priestfield to Wolverhampton St. George’s as a period of testing and commissioning is required for the newly installed tram track. Subject to these tests being successfully completed the tram service to Wolverhampton St. George’s will resume on Sunday 10 December.

Whilst our works along Bilston Road will be completing shortly, the Midland Metro Alliance will continue to work with the City of Wolverhampton Council into 2018 to support local businesses in the area where possible. This work focusses on advertisements across tram, bus and also in local magazines.

If you have any further questions or queries regarding the work of the Midland Metro Alliance, please email us at or visit our website at

For further details on passenger services, please refer to the Network West Midlands website at

Yours faithfully,

Shervorne Brown

Stakeholder Liaison Officer


Teachers No Longer Able To Drive School Minibuses – Except!

Now here is a new piece of legislation that I do believe is long overdue –

” Teachers will no longer be able to drive school minibuses on a car driving licence, according to new guidance from the Department for Infrastructure. Teachers must now have a full D1 minibus driving licence and driver certificate of professional competence. The new guidance is contained in a letter from the department to the Education Authority (EA).”

Please if you are a Chair of Governors or a Headteacher please note this new advice……

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The Curly Wurly! – Partnership Is Key To Success!

Wednesday Night I attended the CRT’s West Midlands Partnerships Annual Meeting. It was held at the Dudley Canal Trust. There was a good turnout of people who attended.

The #WaterwaysWM hash tag was launched, and the work of the Partnership was unveiled through a number of videos. Please click on and take a look at the link at the top of the page it should take you to YouTube and you can see and hear my report to the West Midlands Partnership meeting.

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What A Great Remembrance Sunday We Have had Again!

Over the last decade Remembrance Sunday here in Wednesfield has appeared to grow, and now is one of those days that attract big community support.  The organisrs of the Parade and March must feel very gratified as year on year the Parade grows that little bit more!

I know I have been attending these events since 1981, and the turn-out now is the best it has ever been in my humble opinion.

I pay tribute to the organisers, as it is hard to get the Military, and the Bands on a day like Remembrance Sunday, when you inevitably have to compete against Big City & Town venues like Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall and Dudley. All of which will have competing events on the same day and time.

Yet here in Wednesfield we have seen the Civic part of our Parade hold its own and still grow. City Councillors from Wednesfield North & South attended the Wednesfield Parade yet again, along with Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds.

But I was particularly delighted to see The Bishop of Wolverhampton taking his place in the St Thomas’s Church Pulpit and delivering the sermon. That made my day! It also signified that our Wednesfield organisation, is now a significant event in Church and Civic diaries.

That is down to the good organisation of our event, and the fact that our Wednesfield community is so supportive of Remembrance Day. The link between our great community and the fallen, those men and women who  gave their lives to defend our democracy  is important still in our Village of today. Hundreds of Wednesfield citizens watched the Parade, and attended the Church Service. The Church was full both down stairs and upstairs!

Then when the congregation emerged from the Church to take the short walk to the Remembrance Gardens, we did so to the sight of hundreds more Villagers who were waiting outside of the Church! It was indeed a joyful site and impressed again on me, the huge community spirit we see growing in Wednesfield.

Billy Ellitts – On the Way To Become Our Own Billy Elliot?!

IMG_3591BillyEllittsOn Saturday night 11/11/2017 Mary and I attended the Ingram Academy of Performing Arts who were putting a show on at the Dormston Centre. The principle reason for attending was because Craig Spencer invited Mary and I along to see the progress being made by Ashmore Park’s own  Billy Ellitts.

Billy is from Ashmore Park and his talent as a dancer is starting to get noticed, and the rave reviews are not unjustified following what Mary and I witnessed tonight.

Currently attending Wednesfield School, Edward the Elder, Billy tells me he has his sights on Coppice (Performing Arts) High School when he progresses to comprehensive schooling.

All the adults I have spoken to that know more about dance than I do, told me that the lad has real talent. Now having seen his extraordinary performance live for myself I was blown away by his talent, skill, and personality.

I know his family are really proud of the way that he has improved. They put that down to the  Ingram Academy of Performing Arts. The Academy seems to have brought the best out of him to date!

In recent weeks I have been stirred into looking at the talent that is here in Wednesfield, we appear to have the same kind of talent in dance and the Arts as we turn out for Sport. Except we just do not give the Performing Arts and Arts and Culture the same promotion as we do for sporting prowess.

Watching Billy perform tonight I felt I was watching an amazing dance talent, a talent that could be recognised in not too many years on our own Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’. Indeed If I was a betting man I would consider betting that this young man will become a dance star that we will all be proud of.

I also had the surprise in watching my God Daughter’s – own  daughter, make her stage debut on tonight’s bill. I would like to say I am so pleased coming to watch Billy tonight, led me to watching Lottie’s own stage entrance. Now that was an unexpected bonus!



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Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade – Sunday 12 th November 2017

The Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade is still  taking place as usual. No one has told me any different.
The March is due to leave from the normal starting place The Royal British Legion Woodend at 8.55 or there abouts.
I know that many Wednesfield people may be confused that our Local Paper whilst publishing other Wolverhampton events on the day
has not published our event!
Some readers may be thinking that the long established Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade has stopped?
Well it hasn’t to my knowledge!
Rally round folks, those that want to watch/take part in the Parade and March –  will turn up at the Royal British Legion as they always do. Then join as the March then heads into the Village and parades outside St Thomas’s Church.
It is a real shame that our Local newspaper the Express and Star when publishing other events on Remembrance Sunday has missed our well attended event off their list!
Ahh well that is their own problem….no photos will mean them selling  fewer papers!
I will however have photos and a report on the day on my Twitter and Facebook sites as well as on
Councillors Rita Potter ,Mary and Phil Bateman will be attending the Wednesfield Remembrance Day Service as we always do!
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British Champions – Taking on the World in Australia!

Wednesfield Aces presentation night-

Presenting a letter to the team from Wolverhampton City Mayor Elias Mattu where he wishes the club every success in Australia.

Aces are taking part in World Championships in Adelaide. Then the Aces are riding against Australian Cycle Speedway Clubs……. Watch out Australia these Aces are super fit and love a competition….Good Luck riders we will be rooting for you back here in England!

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Two Narrow Boat Cruises for Wednesfield 2018!

The Wyrley & Essington canal is a huge  economic benefit for Wednesfield.

I am hoping that 2018 will be a record year for use of this canal, both in terms of its operation, the number of overnight stays that boaters make, and the attraction that the canal has for walkers, and naturalists.

The canal has a marvellous 220 year old heritage,  that Wednesfield is fortunate  to have, still operating through its heart, and it is there to use to its maximum.

Already planned for next year is an important ‘clear -up’ operation, when volunteers from across the region and further, will gather in March 2018 to remove rubbish that has been dumped. The Volunteers on their garbage clean up will improve both the environment and the navigation.

Wolverhampton City Council, The Birmingham Canal & Navigation Society, The Canal & River Trust, with Wednesfield volunteers all working in partnership will be involved with this initiative.

Plus I am also announcing today that two further Explorer Narrow boat Cruises will arrive at moorings in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield  in 2018;-  

•The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings in the Bentley Arm on Wednesday the  23rd May 2018.

• The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings on Thursday at the Bentley Arm 21st June

This is great news for our historic village and these events will again throw attention onto Wednesfield and what we are doing to enhance our local economy. Tourism can play a significant part in developing the Local Economy further. Whether it be via History initiatives, or by using the Wyrley & Essington canal to attract visitors into the Village.



More News About The Curly Wurly!

I want to draw attention to the plans and proposals to have a New Year clean up of the Wyrley & Essington canal in Wednesfield early next year. I do hope that those members of my Facebook pages will also join with them to help in the process.

Information that I have received  is that  IWA Waterways Recovering Group will be holding the BCN cleanup over the weekend Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th March 2018, between the Bentley Arm through to New Invention on the Wyrley & Essington canal.

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