A STRETCH of the Spadesbourne Brook in Bromsgrove is to be improved in an attempt to reduce flooding.

The works are due to take place later this year around the footpath that connects Blackmore Lane and Shenstone Close with School Drive, near to North Bromsgrove High School.

Several small pools are to be added in the wooded area to hold rain and flood water.

A small weir in the brook will also be fitted with a rock ramp fishway, to improve fish passage along the brook, and a small ditch will be dug alongside the footpath to capture more excess water.

At the end of the works pollinator-friendly native wetland plants and wildflowers will be put in place, with residents invited to take part in a community planting day.

A date for that will be confirmed soon – keep an eye on your local news and Bromsgrove District Council’s social media accounts for updates.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services Cllr Margaret Sherrey said: “By working together, our partnership of agencies and the local community can make a big improvement to the brook here, and create space not only for water when it rains but also for local wildlife."

The works are a partnership project by the district council, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht), and the West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner John Campion, led by the North Worcestershire Water Management (NWWM) team for the district council.