Using Solar Energy at Home

17/02/2010 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Solar power | Leave a comment

A free Information Sheet on ‘Using Solar Energy at Home’ has been written by John Newson, following the successful workshop at the Zero Carbon House (22 Jan 2010). It tries to summarise the main issues facing householders in Balsall Heath considering using the sun, and gives up to date information.

To request a free copy please email, giving your full name and postal address, to John Newson BHIOP[at]

Solar panels at Zero Carbon House


Cycling Initiative

10/02/2010 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Cycling is clean, healthy and very cheap.

One reason more Balsall Heathans don’t cycle at present  is fear of not having something solid to lock the bike to when you arrive at your destination.

Some of us signed a petition about this and it went to Sparkbook Ward Sub Committee at the end of 2009. The Council’s Transportation Department have now said they will install cycle stands at 4 additional sites on-highway in 2010. These cannot be less than 400 metres apart. But other organisations could install some on their own land. Perhaps you can raise this where you work, shop or visit ?

John Newson can help to put forward such proposals, and any other suggestions to encourage more people to cycle – email BHIOP[at]

A Balsall Heath Cycling Initiative is being planned by various organisations in the neighbourhood. More details to come.

Tree Planting

10/02/2010 at 4:27 pm | Posted in 10% in 2010, Trees | Leave a comment

150 Trees have been planted across Balsall Heath this spring 2010. They will provide shade and keep our iner city area cool in summer, while providing homes for birds and even improving the air quality. We lost many younger trees in the 2005 tornado.

John Newson attended a meeting of the Birmingham Climate Adaptation Team and proposed community tree planting. A grant has allowed Balsall Heath Forum’s Green Team to do the planting with the assistance of St Paul’s Trust.

The trees have been placed to fill the gaps in previous rows, and to make an exciting new avenue in Balsall Heath Park. There is a new row along the cycle path from the Middleway along Longmore Street. The silver birches and flowering cherries should give a visual display all year round and help Balsall Heath with its Britain in Bloom effort.

Tree Planting<

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