The River Cole was one of my favourite places growing up in East Birmingham. We used to get on our bikes and ride along the River Cole around Stechford, Yardley and Small Heath, catching sticklebacks and invertebrates, whose names I tried to learn.
So it was natural for me to join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country as an adult, and I was invited to become a Trustee in 2018. Being a Trustee is an opportunity to use my strategic planning skills and so it’s hard work sometimes, but ultimately rewarding when I see the work of the Trust in Birmingham and the Black Country to help nature’s recovery and to protect biodiversity in places such as Moseley Bog and the Cole Valley that are precious to me.
1-5 November 2021 is #TrusteesWeek so here’s to the work of the staff, volunteers and trustees of Wildlife Trusts across the country!
(River Cole image by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country).