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Policy 26 Parks and Open Spaces

In an Urban Environment our parks and open spaces are vital to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Throughout the Borough we have a range of recreational areas, from the beautiful historic parks at the Leasowes and Himley Hall to small open spaces used by local neighbourhoods. Most people are familiar with our 11 town parks at:
  • Marsh Park, Brierley Hill
  • Stevens Park, Quarry Bank
  • Netherton Park, Netherton
  • Grange Park, Dudley
  • King George VI Park, Kingswinford
  • Sedgley Hall Farm Park, Sedgley
  • Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge
  • Stevens Park, Wollescote
  • Priory Park, Dudley
  • Silver Jubilee Park, Coseley
  • King George V Park, Wordsley.
Trees play an important role in making these areas pleasant places to visit and enjoy.
The Council will endeavour to protect and enhance the trees in its parks and open spaces.
  • In the historic parks of Leasowes and Himley Hall we will manage the trees to respect the historic nature and design of the parks.
  • In our eleven town parks we will endeavour to include high quality trees from a range of different species for all year round interest to encourage recreation.
  • We will continue to develop the Arboretum at Stevens Park, Wollescote, to provide a source of reference to residents and schools.
Justification
To enhance the nature of the parks and add to the amenity and recreational value of the locality. To encourage the use of parks as a focus for each local area.
Implementation
In our staffed parks, we will aim to provide management plans for the parks to include the management of existing trees and future planting. As these sites develop we will endeavour to provide information about significant trees at each location.