Joy’s Wood

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

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Joy’s Wood Plaque (Credit: Peter Leadbetter)
Joy’s Wood Plaque (Credit: Peter Leadbetter)

A gathering of Fifers, family, friends, and funders assembled in Moseley Bog for the unveiling of a striking new post forming an entrance feature to the path to Joy’s Wood, complete with a tribute to Joy Fifer MBE after whom the wood was named.

The post has been made by local craftsman Michael Sheehan who runs around Moseley Bog every day and had noticed that the old signs needed replacing. Mike offered to give his time for free and has spent the last year working to create this impressive structure, using green oak for the base and seasoned oak for the top, with stainless steel for the plaque.

He said: “I’m very pleased to see it completed and in the ground. I hope it lasts for 100 years and gives a lot of pleasure to the thousands of people who go there regularly. Moseley Bog is a real gem for Birmingham, only 3 miles from the city centre, and it’s been great for me to learn more about Joy Fifer and the role she played in ensuring this site had a future.”

The costs of the materials were funded by the Moseley Society, St Agnes Residents’ Association and the Friends of Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood, who were all keen to see a fitting tribute to the woman whose efforts have enabled so many people to continue enjoying this unique site. The post was installed by volunteers organised by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country who manage the reserve.

Joy’s widower, Alan Fifer, said: “While Joy would have been touched and moved by this, she would have wanted the praise for the success of preserving Moseley Bog to be shared around all the local people, including the politicians of all parties at the time, who gave their time and support. Her great talent was in mobilising people, but she couldn’t have saved the Bog on her own.”

As one who was mobilised by Joy, whilst she may not have been able to save the Bog on her own, it would not have been saved for us all without her determined efforts.