DISCUSSIONS are underway to open up part of the old Burlish Park Golf Club site in Kidderminster to create a 'haven for wildlife'.

A series of public meetings will be held in December to discuss the future of the Zortech Avenue land, after it was taken over by Wyre Forest District Council when the former golf club folded.

Under new proposals being drawn up by the council's countryside rangers, the Burlish Top Nature Reserve could be extended, with part of the old golf club site opened for public access.

Wyre Forest District Council says the plans would create a 'haven for wildlife' and take advantage of the natural meadow habitat.

Suggestions include creating new countryside trails and a family-friendly cycle route, but any plans for the future would need the backing of local residents and be supported by a sound business plan.

Residents are invited to attend one of the meetings to discuss the proposals and help shape the reserve’s future.

The meetings will take place at Wyre Forest House in Finepoint Way, Kidderminster on Monday, December 3, Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5 from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Councillor Juliet Smith, cabinet member for culture, leisure and community protection, said: “Enhancing our green spaces is vital for preserving local wildlife and plants.

"Our countryside rangers do an excellent job in managing our open spaces so they can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old.

“I urge anyone who can, to come along to one of the meetings. This is a great opportunity for residents to give us their ideas, comment on suggestions and take an active role in the future of a new nature reserve.”