Broad Meadow

The 61-acre Broad Meadow is sited on the island between the two channels of the River Tame, off Lichfield Road near to the Moor Street traffic island. Ownership was transferred to Tamworth Borough Council from the developers of the former Smurfit site as part of planning agreement for the development of homes.

It is recognised as a Site of Biological Importance as it is a prime example of lowland meadow – a floodplain grassland habitat which is becoming increasingly rare in Staffordshire and across the UK. Broad Meadow is also one of only two sites in the county where the rare Snake’s Head Fritillary can be found growing wild.

It was approved for designation as a local nature reserve by Natural England in October last year and has now been officially designated as Tamworth’s sixth Local Nature Reserve. The status allows Broad Meadow to be protected as a conservation area for future generations, as well as creating more opportunity for grant money to be made available for conservation works.

Broad Meadow is run and managed under the Wild About Tamworth project, which aims to make the site more accessible to people by opening it up and more valuable to wildlife by allowing the fritillaries to spread.

Nature reserve declaration public notice

Broad Meadow site plan