Tree Survey of Calthorpe Park

06/06/2017 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Trees | Leave a comment

Can you help us ?
We are looking for local people to
• Learn about different kinds of trees and how to recognise them,
• Help us to make a map of the trees in the park,
• Suggest trees that could be planted in the park in future.

Saturday 17th June 2017

Meet 2pm at Calthorpe Wellbeing Hub, Edward Road corner Cheddar Road limited car & cycle parking, bus 35 or 45
This activity organised by Balsall Heath Is Our Planet and Birmingham Trees for Life. Please let us know if you are coming. Reply to bhiop@jericho.org.uk John Newson 0121 647 1960
Not suitable for small children

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Opportunity to become a confident cyclist

12/05/2017 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Cycle Active introductory rides are continuing for adults now on Fridays at 1.30 Calthorpe Well Being hub, Edward Road in Balsall Heath. You can practice off road, then venture out with them to Cannon Hill Park.
Places can be booked at the Ride Active website

John Newson, BHIOP development officer
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Oranges and Lemons

02/05/2017 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Food, Gardens, Trees | Leave a comment
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People were delighted to see citrus fruit growing on bushes for sale at the Community Garden Centre in Balsall Heath at a Grow It weekend, which took place over 29th and 30th April. The event was supported by Balsall Heath Is Our Planet and 175 people attended.

“We are trying to stock some more unusual fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers”. Said Sanjay who works there. “Gardeners may like to try them out, given that they have already been given a flying start”.

The community garden centre supports the work of Balsall Heath Forum. It is open every day, being located at 82 St Pauls Road, close to Ladypool Road, tel 0121 446 6183. They offer local delivery.

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Grow It Weekend

20/04/2017 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spring is here and the plants are arriving, so we would love to see you at the Community Garden Centre in Balsall Heath on Saturday 29th April, and Sunday 30th April from 12am to 4pm.
You can see and ask about fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, also methods of composting your garden waste. Bring us your questions!
Everyone welcome and free admission. Plant Sales at reasonable prices.
Balsall Heath Forum’s Garden Centre is on St Paul’s Road, near the junction with Ladypool Road, B12 8LS. Limited on-street parking only.
Supported by the ‘Making a Change’ programme of Balsall Heath is our Planet, a registered charity, with Lottery funding
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Pledge for Nature

10/04/2017 at 10:28 am | Posted in Wildlife | Leave a comment
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Many local people and organisations are pledging to protect nature. I pledge to;
* Do everything I can at home and at work to create space for nature,
* Support and protect my local green spaces
* Take action to encourage my local political and community leaders to protect the natural environment
* Encourage my employer to do more for the environment.
This has come from the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, who want to build a coalition of people who will work together to preserve nature in the city. Well worth signing up, and there are more details of the pledge on their website

Cyclists of Balsall Heath

14/03/2017 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Cyclists of Balsall Heath have an opportunity to learn about and influence Birmingham City Council’s plans for cyclists at a one-off meeting on Tuesday 21 March at 6pm start.
The venue is the Old Print Works, on Moseley Road; enter the courtyard, where new cycle stands are being installed. NB No car parking.
I will be leading the discussion on…
• What cycle routes and provision have been dropped from the City Council’s programme ?
• What do we think of the proposed route down Bristol Road?
• Where are more cycle stands required?
BHIOP will ensure that your ideas are fed forward to the council’s cycling team which is planning future expenditure.
Do circulate this message to any other cyclists in Balsall Heath
Please let me know if you can come along… John Newson BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk
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Could you become a confident cyclist?

20/02/2017 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Spring is around the corner and many local residents would like to cycle, but feel very unsure in traffic – even on back streets. Cycle Active may be able to help. They lead free introductory led rides from their base at Calthorpe Well Being hub, Edward Road in Balsall Heath. You can practice off road, then venture out down the Cycle Route number 5 to Cannon Hill Park, and even beyond.
Mondays 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Do not delay, as their funding is under threat, I believe. Places can be booked at the Ride Active website

John Newson, BHIOP development officer
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Launch of Car Club

26/01/2017 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Most cars are parked, most of the time – unless they belong to a Car Club, when people are booking and using them. Twelve people can use one car. This reduces the need for car parking, the cost to the driver and the environmental impact. People can use a car when they need, but other means of transport as well. Now a car club is coming to Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath.
Local residents are invited to meet the Co-Wheels Car Club team and have their questions asked at 2pm on Sunday 5th Feb. at All Saints Centre, Kings Heath

If you cannot attend but are interested do let them know. http://www.carclubbrum.org.uk/ Please help to circulate to anyone you know who may be interested. I shall certainly be there…John Newson, BHIOP development officer

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Five energy saving tips this winter

13/12/2016 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

Here are ‘five heating myths’, which many people believe, according to Age UK, but which are wrong and will actually waste energy and cost you money;

  1. Don’t turn up the heating controls when it gets cold outside  -because your heating will heat to its set temperature anyway. If you make it hotter indoors, then the extra heat just tries even harder to escape. Also, the warmer it feels indoors, the colder it will feel outdoors.
  2. Don’t turn up the heating to make the room warm up more quickly. This won’t work  and will only stop the heating from shutting down when a comfortable temperature is reached.
  3. Don’t leave your heating on all the time. There is no point in heating space when no one is there. You want heat only when you need it, and as much as you need it.
  4. Don’t heat water all the time, for the same reasons.
  5. Do not keep electric storage heaters on all the time. They are designed to input at night when electricity is cheaper and then output at set times. Most people do not understand them but there are online videos to explain,  like this one by British Gas

Bulb Planting at Pocket Park

22/11/2016 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Gardens, Trees, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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Thanks very much to everyone who turned out to help with community bulb planting at the Pocket Park in Balsall Heath on 17th November. I would say that 15 people contributed at some point. Volunteers were there from Balsall Heath Forum, St Paul’s Trust and school, also the Jericho Foundation. One man even saw us out of his house and came over to help. We got 150 bulbs of daffodil, crocus, snowdrop, iris, tulip planted, and these should make a colourful display next spring and summer, and for years to come. I notice that either no-one seems to drop litter there, or others are picking it up and putting in the bin..

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