Arden Tree Scheme – August 2020 – Free Trees Available

Solihull residents and local groups are invited to apply for free trees as part of a scheme to promote the planting of traditional native trees in the borough.

The Arden Free Tree scheme is run by Solihull Council in partnership with Birmingham Airport and is open to individuals or groups who would like to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land within Solihull.

The deadline for applications is the end of August and successful applicants will receive their free trees in time for the planting season (December – February).

The Attached Arden Free Tree Scheme Leaflet, provides further details about the scheme, including details about how you can apply for trees.

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update

Please see the Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update document below. The document provides an update from the Parish Council, along with details of information and support that is available during these difficult times. Also included below is the Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Outbreak document, which provides useful contact details to help you take care of your wellbeing during this outbreak.

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update document

Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Outbreak document


Coronavirus Scam Alert

Please see the attached Scam Alert document below, which was received from the Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board. This provides details of the seven most common Covid-19 scams which are currently being used.

Scam Alert

Parish Council Casual Vacancy – Make A Difference Become A Councillor

Tidbury Green have a vacancy for one Parish Councillor.

A Parish or Town Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the Parish or Town. It is the level of local government closest to the community.

As a Parish Councillor you can:-

  • Become a voice for your community and make a real change.
  • Get involved with your community
  • Have a say about the local issues people care about
  • Influence local service delivery
  • Decide how local money is spent to improve your community


We are a friendly group of four Councillors and one Clerk who are passionate about working together to:

  • help raise awareness of and reduce the issues that negatively affect our village
  • help build a strong community
  • improve the quality of life of our residents
  • protect the greenbelt and other aspects of our beautiful Village
  • help to build a community where we are safe, happy and proud to live

We would welcome and support any successful candidate who shares our aims of improving and protecting Tidbury Green.

Details of the vacancy and how to apply are attached HERE

Stop Cold Callers Knocking

Tidbury Green Parish Council have received the information below from West Midlands Police

Unfortunately despite the coronavirus, criminals still try and commit crime in our communities.
Crime can be known to happen on our own doorstep with cold callers and bogus officials claiming to be someone they are not.

We have designed you a poster you can print off and pop in your window to deter unknown callers. Or if you’re concerned for a vulnerable neighbour, you can still keep to social distancing by printing one off for them and posting it through their letterbox.

Here are some other tips for what to do if someone calls at your door:

  • Check to see who it is by using the spy or look through a front window.
  •  Always put the chain on before you open the door.
  • If you don’t know the caller, ask to see their identity card. Check it carefully, and keep the chain on while you do this.
  • If you’re still not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent
  • Ensure your back door is locked.
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry. Don’t let them pressure you.
  • If you have any suspicions at all, don’t let them in.

If you’re still not happy, webchat the police online or phone them on 999 in an emergency, and tell them what’s happened.

To download the Poster, Please click Here.

Campaign Against Cut to Opening Hours at Dickens Heath Library –

Dickens Heath Parish Council have shared the information below. Please support them in fighting against these cuts.

Big Hours Cut Proposed at Dickens Heath Library

Solihull Council have proposed the cutting of Dickens Heath Library opening hours by 26%, to just 14 hours per week, from 1st April 2020, bringing back the September 2019 plans that the Parish Council successfully opposed and were deferred at that time. The Parish Council was especially disappointed as only last April their Offices were sold, the mortgage paid off, and they co-located into the 1st Floor of the Library as a cost saving partnership for us both. This move had been long in arranging and was aimed at safeguarding the Community Library with the Parish Council now paying 45% of the building’s expensive running costs. The proposal to then reduce Library opening hours came as a huge disappointment and strong representations were made, supported by Cllr. Ken Hawkins, leading to the plans in the Library Review being further deferred by Cllr. Rolf, on 27th January, until June for further local consultation.

We now need Community Action to support our Dickens Heath Library Campaign – here’s how:

  • At the next Parish Council Meeting there are two Senior Solihull Council Officers – Kate Bunting (Libraries) and Alyson McGrory (Asst. Director) – attending to explain the proposals and hear the Parish Council/Community Views.  To “REVERSE THE PROPOSED CUT IN OPENING HOURS” – Public attendance at 7.15pm on Tuesday 11th February at the Library would greatly help. 
  • To Sign the Petition to support the Parish Council at our stand at the Food & Craft Market at the Village Hall 10.00am to 12.00noon on Saturday 8th February (note this is a new time for the Craft & Food Market this month only). A copy of the petition to Solihull Council available on Dickens Heath Parish Council’s webs (Click Here), in case any concerned residents would like to collect signatures from family or friends etc. and return to Dickens Heath Parish Council c/o Dickens Heath Library by 22nd February.


  • Ken Hawkins has also now set up an online petition against the proposed cuts which can be completed on line and is available by clicking HERE


  • Email personal representations direct to Cllr Alison Rolf, the Cabinet Post Holder, at Solihull Council at

The Proposed New Opening Hours are – Monday 2.00pm to 5.00pm (cut 1 hour) Tuesdays Closed (cut 3 hours) Wednesdays Closed (as now) Thursdays 10.00am to 1.00pm & 2.00pm to 6.00pm (1 hour increase) Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm (cut 2 hours)

We say it makes little sense to have a costly Library building as a public asset open for just 14 hours a week, particularly given that the Parish Council is now sharing the use and costs.

Address: Dickens Heath Library, Old Dickens Heath Rd, Dickens Heath, B90 1SD

Tel:          07772 469271