Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan

01/06/2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Green Spaces, Streets, Train station, Walking | Leave a comment
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We have put up a display in the library for people to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan. It runs through June.

You can see designs to improve the streets for pedestrians, re-open the station and make better use of the green spaces. It was all based on extensive public consultation, but comments sheets are there for you to add your own ideas for the future of the area.

The library is next to the Baths. Exhibition is free during library opening hours

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Plant and Play in the Park

23/05/2019 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Cycling, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Everyone is invited to some fun in the 3 parks over the holiday. So, just come along from 12 to 3pm: there will be family fun, games and bikes with Active Communities. People will get the chance to say what they would like to see in their local parks. Tuesday 28th May at Brunswick Road next to Nelson Mandela. Weds 29th May Trafalgar Rd pocket Park. Thurs 30th may Pickwick Park on St Paul’s Road.

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Crimes of Grime

07/05/2019 at 3:04 am | Posted in Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Dumping waste from building or other work is  a menace in Balsall Heath.

George Street Park has mounds of rubble and broken furniture at its entrance, while more builder’s waste is dumped further inside. Park users are being disrespected and the city council has to pay for it to be moved, eventually. It looks like no one cares and it makes the park feel less safe especially for children  Such crimes should be reported, and they say that they will prosecute and fine, where they have evidence of who is responsible. A list of people who have been prosecuted appears here.  A way to report fly-tipping  incidents is on the Council’s website

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Plants for your Garden

17/04/2019 at 11:22 am | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heaths’s own garden centre is open to the public and stocked with plants at reasonable prices every day, from Easter. Despite some rumours of difficulties, Balsall Heath Forum has invested and bought in a wide range and they are selling well. I saw tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and strawberries – why buy them from the supermarket when you could be growing your own with even a small yard or containers ?  Lovely hanging baskets and bedding plants to give colour and cheer up the neighbourhood.

Well worth a visit… just off Ladypool Road in St Paul’s Road, (next to Clifton Primary School).

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Litterbusters

13/03/2019 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Recycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Great work by Moseley Litterbusters in their recent “raid” on Balsall Heath.  They filled many sacks with our rubbish and are looking for helpers.

Here they are as reported in our wonderful Neighbourhood News online Balsall Heath

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Chance to learn to prune fruit trees

15/01/2019 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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postponed from 16th January to 30th January.

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Another Chance to Prune Fruit Trees

08/01/2019 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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You can learn this practical skill on Wednesday January 16th for 9.30 start at Balsall Heath City Farm, Clifton Road, B12 8NN.  

Pruning will help fruit trees to make plenty of blossom and fruit . Morning session for men and women. Free of charge with everything provided.  Tutor is Rob Tilling of Let’s Grow Together. Great feedback from the session before Christmas.

Let us know if you are coming BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk

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Trees planted in Calthorpe Park

14/12/2018 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Trees | Leave a comment
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Three new trees were planted on 13 December in Calthorpe Park, with a lot of approval from park users who were there on the day. Trees for Life paid for them and planting was done by the council’s team. They include a magnolia, which will have large white flowers in summer, a plum tree and a weeping willow. They replace trees damaged last year by flood and drought. Balsall Heath Is our Planet suggested them, to provide more variety and colour. Look out for the witch hazel, planted last year, which actually flowers in winter.

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Weeping Willow in Cannon Hill Park

Learn to Prune Fruit Trees

04/12/2018 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Trees | Leave a comment
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Learn to Prune Fruit Trees. You can learn this practical craft in a morning; pruning to help fruit trees to to ensure crops of large, disease-free fruit next summer.                  

Date; Tuesday 11th December Ladies only. 9.30 start at Balsall Heath City Farm, Clifton Road, B12 8NN .  With an experienced tutor. To be repeated for men+women on January 16th. Free of charge.  Let us know if you are coming. bhiop[at]jericho.org.uk

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Community Tree Planting in Calthorpe Park. Thursday 13th December.      We start 9.30 See how trees are planted and help to plant some beautiful trees. Please come down and find us in the park  Edward Road B12 9LJ.

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John Newson Development Officer Balsall Heath Is Our Planet 0121 647 1960 bhiop@jericho.org.uk

Autumn planting

17/10/2018 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Gardens, Green Spaces, Streets | Leave a comment

Nice work by Edward Road Baptist Church’s volunteers who have cleared some derelict planters beside the church and brightened up their corner.

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Long ago, the council put in three concrete boxes, which are 6 sided, hexagons, like a honey comb, but long ago they stopped planting them. and they became completely overgrown.

BHIOP was happy to lend a hand with digging and plants, some brought from the BEE Garden at the Old Print Works , which is looking very splendid, thanks to Jeremy’s care and pride.

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