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14 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
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A visit to Sandwell Valley Country Park

A collection of photography taken on a trip to Sandwell Valley Country Park on Saturday 1st June 2019

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A collection of photography taken on a trip to Sandwell Valley Country Park on Saturday 1st June 2019


On Saturday 1st June 2019, I took a trip to the beautiful Sandwell Valley Country Park and in particular Dartmouth Park and then the walk through, over the M5 bridge, to Priory Woods and ruins.

The Priory Woods area is where Sandwell Hall once stood on the site of a former priory and surrounding land.  The foundation ruins of the Priory are still standing and are truly a sight to be seen and experienced.

Here are some of my photographs I took during my visit.

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14 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
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A collection of my photography taken at Edgbaston Reservoir

A collection of my photogtaphy taken at Edgbaston Reservoir over the last 12 months.

 

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A collection of my photography taken at Edgbaston Reservoir





A collection of my photogtaphy taken at Edgbaston Reservoir over the last 12 months.

 


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05 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
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75 wonderful photos of Poppies on this very special day - the 75th anniversary of D-Day!

Our great photographers from Birmingham have really pulled out the stops and together compiled this amazing gallery of 75 photos of poppies on this special 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Thanks to Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley, our talented photographers. We hope you enjoy their work!

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75 wonderful photos of Poppies on this very special day - the 75th anniversary of D-Day!





Our great photographers from Birmingham have really pulled out the stops and together compiled this amazing gallery of 75 photos of poppies on this special 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Thanks to Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley, our talented photographers. We hope you enjoy their work!


With special thanks to our amazing photographers from Birmingham:

Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley. 

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05 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
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Canal photography around Birmingham - start of a gallery!

Hi all, this is Karl

Over the last few months I have developed an interest in our canal networks and moving forward I am planning to develop this into some sort of formal project and document more of it with my camera, in the meanwhile here below is a look back at some of my photos so far

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Canal photography around Birmingham - start of a gallery!





Hi all, this is Karl

Over the last few months I have developed an interest in our canal networks and moving forward I am planning to develop this into some sort of formal project and document more of it with my camera, in the meanwhile here below is a look back at some of my photos so far


All photography courtesy Karl Newton

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05 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
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Edgbaston Reservoir an introduction

One of my favourite haunts photography wise especially on lovely evenings is Edgbaston Reservoir.  

 

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One of my favourite haunts photography wise especially on lovely evenings is Edgbaston Reservoir.  

 


Edgbaston Reservoir, originally known as Rotton Park Reservoir and referred to in some early maps as Rock Pool Reservoir,is a canal feeder reservoir. Despite its name, it is actually situated in Ladywood rather than nearby Edgbaston. It is situated just 2 miles outside of the city centre and offers a wonderful cityscape view looking towards the city taking in most of the cities iconic landmarks.

 

Originally a small pool named Roach Pool in Rotton Park, it was extensively enlarged by Thomas Telford between 1824-1829 to supply water to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton of the BCN canal system via Ickneild Port loop at the foot of the dam. It was excavated to a depth of 40 feet (12 metres) and covers an area of 58 acres (230,000 m2), holding 300,000,000 imperial gallons (1,400,000 m3) of water, and was the largest expanse of water in Birmingham at the time.

 

The reservoir is surrounded by woodland and grassland. The total area of the site is 70 acres (280,000 m2). It supports a variety of birds, in addition to newts and bats.

The Reservoir perimeter provides a pleasant route for joggers, with a gravel and tarmac path throughout its 1.75 mile (2.8 km) circumference.

In 2019 Plans were revelaed to revamp Edgbaston Reservoir as detailed below;

Birmingham City Council has unveiled a masterplan to revamp the site on the edge of the city centre which is already a popular spot for walkers, boat clubs and other water sports. Among the concepts outlined in the plan is 'Thomas Telford Place', described as a landmark development which will bring new life and activity at the site of the former Tower Ballroom.

It will provide a mix of residential, community and leisure uses and incorporate a new promenade. There are also plans for a new pedestrian and cycling route along the water's edge which will join the reservoir up with the city's wider networks.  There will be a signposted 'Tolkien Walk' to connect the reservoir to the historic canalside  Roundhouse in the city centre and encourage movement between buildings such as Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower. These towers are thought to have influenced JRR Tolkein to write The Two Towers in the Lord of the Rings series.

The reservoir redevelopment would feed into the wider Greater Icknield Plan which includes the Port Loop residential project where work is under way to create around 1,150 new homes.

Above CGI image from Birmingham Council of what the newly developed resevoir will look like

 

Below are some of my images from the site over the last 12 months or so

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