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Green Spaces Project of the Month

December 2003 - Moat and Tower, Birmingham

Sue Fenoughty, tel. 0121 354 8438

The moat that gives its name to Moat House tower block is an important green space for the elderly people who live there. It is also a haven for wild life in an urban setting, and that adds immense quality to the residents' lives. But much more than this, the moat turns out to be a significant historic location - one of the most important archaeological sites in Birmingham, in fact - and as such, a fantastic resource for everyone in the local community.

Northfield is not an especially multicultural part of the city, and Moat House Residents' Association comprises mainly English people, with perhaps the occasional Asian or Irish accent. Still, the Moat and Tower is distinctive as a BEN Green Space of the Month because it is an example of an innovative, community led heritage project which can inspire other community groups by showing what can be achieved when ordinary people engage with the historic environment around them.

Network members may recall Sue Fenoughty's presentation of this marvellous project at the BEN conference in March 2003. Here is a chance to learn more about the inside story of an amazing community group and their fight to improve their own environment, for the benefit of all.


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