Opening of the Bee Garden

13/07/2017 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Gardens, Wildlife | Leave a comment

Myrtle Cottage stands in front of The Old Print Works on Moseley Road, opposite to Edward Road. It was built in the 1790s and it had a lovely garden, we can imagine. However, more recently, it was concreted over, like a lot of gardens. Jeremy Hunt, who lives in the cottage, teamed up with John Newson to lead volunteers on making planting boxes from scrap wood and planting them up as a Bee Garden. Bees need places to feed that are not doused in chemical pesticides. The environmental charity Balsall Heath Is Our Planet was happy to pay for materials. There are also edible plants and herbs.
On Saturday 8th July all was finished so an opening was held with a tea and cake celebration and poems about bees and other subjects. The garden is at 506 Moseley Road and visible through the gate at any time, with more if you enter the courtyard of the Old Print Works.

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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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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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Sun Shines on Pocket Park

07/11/2016 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Gardens, Trees, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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The Pocket Park in the centre of Balsall Heath is providing a place to sit and enjoy the last autumn sunshine. The benches were made from recycled timber by Jericho Foundation. The design aims to make a better environment for pedestrians and was opened by Councillor Tony Kennedy on 20 October.
Previous posts about this project are here

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Pocket Park Opening Event 20th October

12/10/2016 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Gardens, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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You are invited to come help and the local community to celebrate the
Pocket Park Opening Event
Where? in the centre of Balsall Heath at the junction of Moseley Road A435 and Haden Way, next to Little Care Bearz nursery – B12 9BX
When ? Thursday 20th October start 1.30
Councillor Tony Kennedy (Sparkbrook) will speak and cut the ribbon
This location was identified by the BH Neighbourhood Plan as the place for a Town Square and the Pocket Park begins the process. A grant from central government has allowed Balsall Heath Forum to undertake the work.
Tell us how you would like to see the pocket park develop and how you could be involved.
Notice that there is no car parking, but some spaces in nearby streets. 50 bus.
Please reply if you intend to come – for numbers bhiop@jericho.org.uk
0121 647 1960 John Newson ‘Making a Change’
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Previous story of Pocket Park is here

A Pocket Park for Balsall Heath

16/06/2016 at 9:56 am | Posted in Cycling, Gardens, Walking | Leave a comment
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This summer we shall see a new Pocket Park appear, and work has begun. The location is right in the centre of Balsall Heath, where Moseley Road and Haden Way join together. This was where the Highways Department wanted to start a huge south Birmingham expressway, but were fought off by combined residents’ groups 20 years ago.
The BH Neighbourhood Plan identified this as the natural centre, which could become something like a Town Square. The Pocket Park is the first step.
Now Balsall Heath Forum has a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government to re-model it. The work is being done by Jericho Foundation, a social enterprise. Features of the design by local architect Joe Holyoak retains all the trees on the site and adds a coloured paving design, flowers and herbs in planters and seats. Yes, pedestrians will be able to sit down! Cyclists will be separated as part of a new cycle route.
The overgrown shrubbery has already been cleared away (along with the rubbish and the rats). The children’s nursery Little Care Bearz behind is now much more visible and will have a better setting.
Various artists are interested in contributing to the project. An Opening Ceremony/ Event will be held later in the summer. Let’s love and protect our Pocket Park.

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Let’s Enjoy our Front Gardens

05/05/2016 at 11:05 am | Posted in Gardens, Trees, Water, Wildlife | Leave a comment

In spring and summer the front gardens of Balsall Heath offer beautiful colour to our streets. So, a big thank you to all the gardeners. Sadly many houses have tarmacked or slabbed entirely, to park cars on. This adds to drainage problems because the drains cannot cope with sudden rain that no longer sinks into the ground. Without any shade the streets will get very hot, and we still remember the damage of the Birmingham Tornado which was triggered in July 2005 by the high temperatures.
Fortunately there are alternative surfaces that allow people to park their cars, but still have a surface that drains and also looks good. The Moseley Society website has provided some good advice
“The law now requires you to seek planning permission if you wish to lay impermeable driveways of more than five square metres that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area. However you will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally. The Government has produced an excellent Guide on the Permeable Surfacing of Front Gardens explaining how this can be done link here
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Using fallen leaves

04/11/2015 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Gardens, Trees | Leave a comment
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Following on from the recent composting demonstration at Digbeth Community Garden, I was asked to help Balsall Heath Church Centre to do something useful with their many bags of fallen leaves that they were unable to transport to the council tip. We agreed that leaves are mostly air and water and are best broken down on site. A composting system is being planned that should be able to deal with all the garden waste they have in future.
Now that Birmingham City Council no longer collects garden waste free I have read that 11,000 tonnes less is being given to them, so gardeners do seem to be remembering how to compost waste themselves. It is cheaper to buy a compost bin than to pay the council to collect for a year and compost bins for £20 area available from GetComposting
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Ready, Steady, Compost

21/10/2015 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling | Leave a comment
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I will be showing how to compost your garden waste on Saturday 31 October at the Halloween Harvest Festival at Digbeth Community Garden. We shall be looking at methods of composting waste from the garden and kitchen scraps, so making compost for the seeds in spring. A leaf bin will be built for fallen leaves to break down and make leaf mould instead of peat. The Garden has a number of beds growing vegetables and herbs. There will also be healthy vegetarian food, face-painting and a parade of weirdly-shaped vegetables (bring your entries). It is Halloween, so some will be wearing spooky costumes I expect… The event starts at 12 noon on Saturday 31st Oct and the Garden is on the corner of Allison Street and Shaw’s Passage (right at Digbeth police station) next to Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building and the Warehouse café. More details are at Friends of the Earth website
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Visit the Backyard Farm

06/07/2015 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling, Water | Leave a comment
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This event is a chance to see my Backyard Farm, to learn about composting, rainwater harvesting, growing vegetables and fruit, all in a small space. I have composted all my kitchen and garden waste to make into nutritious compost that this year has grown beans, carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. It is easy to care for and easy to harvest from.
Saturday 11th July 2pm – 4pm
2pm-4pm at 32 Alder Road off Ladypool Rd Birmingham B12 8BS
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