We are thrilled to announce that St Modwen Environmental Trust provided funding for a group of Birmingham University design students to take part in an exciting project based at The Hayes. The project regulator is ENTRUST and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust provided advice and guidance.

The purpose was to design and construct an all ability access ramp, and a pedestrian bridge, providing access for all. The bridge is positioned over a small stream which is noted by the Wildlife Trust for its rare unmanaged coarse woody debris habitat.

Surrounding meadows, locally listed woodland. and a regional site of geological interest also became accessible. They are now enjoyed by local community groups and individuals who were unable to get to them previously, due to the steep topography of the site.

For more information see Bridge

Over the last 30 years, many people have made The Hayes their home, enjoying the beauty of the place, the elegant surroundings, the relaxed environment and   the opportunity to initiate and take part in the programme of activities and  events. Others have visited from time to time or provided regular support to help with the house, the grounds and the activities. Every single person who has lived or visited The Hayes has contributed to the very special feel of the place.

If you   would like to become a friend of The Hayes, joining in with the programme or  helping with events and project development, we would be glad to hear from you. 

The Hayes is a Grade ll listed building dating from 1813. It has been used for community activities since 1972 and has proved to be a haven of peace and quiet for individuals and groups who have enjoyed the house and grounds and found inspiration for their artistic and meditative activities. The Hayes has also opened its doors over the years for charity events and art and craft exhibitions.

The Hayes has welcomed the community to share arts, recreation and environ-mental activities for over 30 years.

The Friends of the Hayes has been set up as a response to those who said they wished to become more involved with the activities at The Hayes both as visitors and in helping The Hayes and the programme of activities to develop and grow.

If you would like to join The Friends of the Hayes or would like to participate in the future programme of activities , please email friendsofthehayes@yahoo.co.uk