Arrow Valley Country Park

At 900 acres Arrow Valley Country Park is the largest area of open space in Redditch - and it’s not just a beautiful environment, it’s packed full of things to see and do.

The park is set over 2.5 square miles of countryside, between Forge Mill Needle Museum, the protected ancient monument of medieval Bordesley Abbey and the Abbey Stadium to the north and Washford Mill to the south. The River Arrow meanders through it and together with the 29-acre Arrow Valley Lake there are excellent wildlife habitats as well as great walks and activities.

At the heart of the park is the lakeside Arrow Valley Visitor Centre, which houses a café with panoramic views across the water as well as function and conference facilities, fishing, water sports and other activities, as well as toilets.

The park was created in the 1970s by the Redditch Development Corporation which built Redditch new town, and continues to be a great asset for our community.

Water Safety Management

RBC has developed a new Water Safety Policy in collaboration with key partners such as Rospa, the Emergency Services and Local Schools.  This Policy helps support the National Water Safety Forum’s ‘UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016 – 2026’  to prevent accidental drowning fatalities in the UK by working in partnership to ensure consistent guidance for the safe enjoyment and management of activities in, on and around water. More details are available here

Dog Owners Advice from EA regarding water quality during prolonged hot periods

Health risks to dogs during prolonged hot dry periods are normally associated with blue/green algae in static water environments. However in periods like this when rainfall and river flows have been very low for many weeks, the flow is often predominantly treated water from local upstream sewage works. As a result there is potential for bacteria and algae to accumulate, especially in pools, during these extreme conditions. Under normal flows the potential pollutants would be flushed quickly through the park.

A second potential risk to dogs will be when we experience a heavy rainfall event, at this time pollutants from roads and surface drains may be flushed in higher  than normal concentrations into the watercourse.

We appreciate that in these extremely hot conditions dogs will naturally want to play in brooks and streams, however we would advise that  dog owners limit access to larger rivers, where pollutants are more diluted and dispersed.