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Dos and don'ts in our parks and green spaces

We want our residents and visitors to enjoy our parks and green spaces responsibly, and have provided guidance around some of our more frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do on Walsall Council property.

Metal Detecting

Metal detecting

Metal detecting, using a metal detector to search for relics, coins, medals and other artefacts, is permitted in the parks and open spaces listed below.

  • Station Road
  • The Parkway (Shelfield) 
  • Delves Common
  • Cavendish Road Open Space
  • Pleck Park, Walsall – permitted zone area only
  • Leamore Park, Bloxwich – permitted zone area only
  • Berryfields, Aldridge – permitted zone area only
  • Bloxwich Park, Bloxwich – permitted zone area only

You will require a permit to carry out metal detecting on these sites, and will need to pay a fee to secure a permit.
Download the metal detecting application form

Helicopter landings

Walsall Arboretum and Aldridge Airport are the most suitable areas for helicopter landings, although other sites would be considered. For enquiries please contact us by email.  Charges apply. 

Weddings and wedding photographs

Our parks and green spaces are not currently licensed for wedding ceremonies. Wedding photographs can be taken in any of our Parks and Green spaces. To book a date and time for wedding photographs, please contact us by emailA small charge is applicable at Walsall Arboretum


Barbecues are strictly prohibited within any of Walsall Council's parks and green spaces. 

If you are having outdoor barbecues in gardens or other sites, here are some key safety messages that would help to protect you and the environment.
•    Where possible, please place your barbecue on hard standing to avoid damage to the grass.
•    If your barbecue is placed on the grass, please raise on bricks or place within a suitable container to avoid damage to the grass. 
•    You must have adequate water with you in order to extinguish the barbecue and dispose of it appropriately.

Scattering ashes

Scattering of ashes is permitted within our parks and green spaces. To submit a request to scatter ashes, please contact us by email.

Feeding the ducks

Please DO NOT feed ducks and wildfowl white or brown bread. It does them harm. It also pollutes the watercourse / pool / lake. The foods that are good for them are cereal, for example, corn flakes, bran flakes, oats and other grains. They also like garden peas and lettuce. Wild bird food can be bought from most pet shops or supermarkets, or you can buy it from the Arboretum Visitor Centre.

Children's birthday parties

Children's birthday parties can be held in any room available for hire.

School visits

If you need help organising a visit to one of our parks or green spaces, please contact us by email.  
We may also be able to assist in running guided walks, environmental sessions, forest school activities, or wider curriculum-linked activities to meet school needs.