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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Meet the Trees in Cannon Hill Park

03/09/2018 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Trees | Leave a comment
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A Guided Walk with John Newson on Sunday 9th September.

We shall find out what common and more unusual trees are growing in the park, and what they are doing at the start of September. You do not have to be a botanical expert (I know I am not!) .  Free. Suits all ages. Lasts about 1 hour

Meet on the rear terrace of MAC Midlands Arts Centre at 12.30 repeated 3.30

One day only for Ecofest Sunday 9th Sept  

Ecofest in the MAC 12 noon – 5pm There will be a great range of stalls where you can learn more about making a difference locally, plus plenty of eco-friendly family activities, an inspiring film to watch, theatre performances to see and fun workshops to join. MORE HERE

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Too much summer

27/07/2018 at 9:58 am | Posted in Gardens, Green Spaces, Water | 1 Comment
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People are asking if the drought of 7 weeks and the hot temperatures of 30 C (and more) have something to do with Climate Change. The Mediterranean-style summer in Balsall Heath has made the grass parched (see pic below) and even trees are starting to droop. The truth is that all weather is now in the context of a changed atmosphere and a warming world. This is not a theory, but a matter of measurement, so the Central England Temperature series shows  it getting warmer since the mid 20th century.

Balsall Heath is Our Planet wants the neighbourhood to adapt to the hotter summers which we must expect. BHIOP asked for and got 160 trees planted,  some now big enough to cast a useful shade, with another round of planting  expected in  the coming winter. You can propose new  trees on streets here

We are encouraging rain butts to be installed in community gardens to store water (when it falls), also talking to the Moseley Road Baths and the Old Print Works about using the rain from their roofs in the building, rather than sending it down the drains.

What ideas do people have for adapting to more frequent extreme weather ? Do let me know John Newson bhiop[at]jericho.org.uk

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We have a Plan

02/07/2018 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Streets, Walking | Leave a comment
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Visitors to Balsall Heath Carnival on Saturday 7th July will be able to learn about some cunning plans to get our streets moving and to re-open the local rail station. A stall and display by BHIOP and the Forum will be there to explain how the Neighbourhood Plan can take these matters forward, and to take your comments, so we can feed them to the planners. Remember, if we don’t ask, we won’t get….

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Fun and Games The day will also be a lot of fun for all ages, from 12.00 to 4pm, with schoolchildren in costumes and flags , to represent the many countries of the Commonwealth .  There will be our own Games to watch , well ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This Carnival  will not be as noisy as some previous ones, I am advised and there will be tea and cake also a lineup of stalls and activities.

Venue; St Paul’s Road will be blocked off for the event ,which is in Pickwick Park opposite Clifton School B12 8LS

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Clean Up Day

08/06/2018 at 10:26 am | Posted in Green Spaces, Recycling, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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We have recovered  5 bags of plastic bottles and 3 of mixed rubbish from the banks of the River Rea, alongside Calthorpe Park, on 5th June World Environment Day,  in our Plastic Pickup in Balsall Heath. The cans and bottles have all gone to be recycled.

A local resident said “I am happy to help, because I am fed up with all the mess, but there should be a way to prevent all this plastic being dumped and polluting our neighbourhood”. We have discovered that no-one owns the land along the river bank, so no-one is responsible for cleaning it.

John Newson went on to a “Beat Plastic Pollution” meeting of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, where they were discussing their plastic pledge, which encourages individuals to cut their own use of plastic packaging. The meeting was at Birmingham Friends of the Earth, who are asking for a national deposit return scheme to get all bottles and cans returned to shops. A shop is opening this month in Digbeth, which says it will have no plastic packaging.

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