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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

You will need a permit to carry out metal detecting 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 also 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. Charges apply.

For enquiries please contact us by email.  

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. A small charge is applicable at Walsall Arboretum

To book a date and time for wedding photographs, please contact us by email

Barbecues

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, you can help protect the environment and keep yourself safe by:

  • placing your barbecue on hard standing or bricks, or within a suitable container to avoid damaging the grass
  • making sure you've got enough water with you to extinguish the barbecue
  • disposing of your waste 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 water. 

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.