The National Trust is working on a project called 8 Hills Regional Park. The aims are to
- Improve access to the countryside for local communities to improve people’s health and wellbeing
- Protect and enhance the landscape, improving wildlife corridors and heritage features
- Create additional income opportunities for farmers to help make farming more sustainable
The proposed 8 Hills area (c.47 square miles) sits on the edge of Birmingham’s southern urban fringe in Bromsgrove District, with the potential to include neighbouring green areas in Birmingham and the Black Country. It is an agricultural / urban fringe landscape that is likely to need to accommodate urban extension development and increasing recreational pressures over the coming years and decades.
The regional park concept is not about preventing development but about establishing a robust plan for the landscape that boosts nature, recreation, active travel and sustainable farming, whilst accommodating potential housing growth.
This link to a pdf explains more… 8 Hills Regional Park | Worcestershire | National Trust