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SANDWELL VALLEY is an area of green belt in the West Midlands of England
England
, on the border of Birmingham
Birmingham
and West Bromwich , with Walsall at its northern end.

It is a valley on the River Tame of which 720 hectares (1,800 acres) are owned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council , with the RSPB leasing 25 acres as RSPB Sandwell Valley
Valley
nature reserve . Within this large area, is the 270 hectares (670 acres) Sandwell Valley
Valley
Country Park, which contains two visitor centres, Forge Mill Farm
Farm
and Sandwell Park Farm, the former using modern farming techniques, the latter with a walled kitchen garden and rare breeds of farm animals , one of 16 farm parks approved nationally by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
.

Sot\'s Hole is one of three Local Nature Reserves in the Country Park, and lies on the edge of the site on Dagger Lane/Church Vale, West Bromwich. In an effort to protect and restore the reserve, a group of local people joined together in November 2005 and formed the Friends of Sot's Hole.

The earliest evidence of people in Sandwell Valley
Valley
is in the form of flint tools from the Mesolithic period , but evidence of later periods is also present in the landscape, including the site of Sandwell Hall (home of the Earls of Dartmouth ) and Sandwell Priory
Sandwell Priory
ruins (still evident today). Exhibitions at Sandwell Park Farm