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

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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

Jericho Building, 198 Edward Road

Balsall Heath , Birmingham

B12 9LX 0121 647 1960

bhiop@jericho.org.uk

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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Children of the Trees

22/11/2017 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Trees | Leave a comment

People of all ages turned out to help plant a new generation of trees in Calthorpe Park on Wednesday 22nd November. The trees were paid for by Birmingham Trees for Life, who fund this work in parks. Children from Percy Shurmer Academy wielded their small spades with enthusiasm. Still younger children from St Paul’s Nursery got involved and got excited. Councillor Tony Kennedy came and lent a hand to the Council’s Woodlands Team, as did a number of other adult-sized people – thanks to them for coming. Confirmation of the park’s history was provided when some fragments of Victorian pot were dug up.


In a morning, 11 trees were put in. When one hole filled up with water, we put in a weeping willow; it should enjoy having wet feet. The trees were suggested by Balsall Heath is Our Planet, following our Tree Survey in the summer, and they included a mulberry, a magnolia and a witch hazel, with the aim of providing flowers and fruit around the year. Thumbs up from passing dog walkers!

Many thanks to Birmingham Trees for Life Their lovely pictures

Tree Survey of Calthorpe Park

06/06/2017 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Trees | 1 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
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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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Thanks for Pocket Park

24/10/2016 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Trees, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heath’s new Pocket Park was officially declared open on Thursday 20 October in a ceremony which had Councillor Tony Kennedy cut the ribbon. Jericho Landscape’s team rushed to finish the work and welcome us all in. Abdullah Rehman representing Balsall Heath Forum said it was an example of people working together from across the community. It was nice to see 40 people gathered, including pupils from Redstone Academy and staff from the Little Care Bearz nursery, who are neighbours and supporters. A grant was received by Balsall Heath Forum for the work by the government’s Department of Communities and Local Government. Birmingham Highways Department is the landholder and will continue to maintain the site.
Let’s look after 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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