Love Food Hate Waste

26/02/2016 at 10:29 am | Posted in Recycling, uncategorised | Leave a comment

Love Food Hate Waste – A Quiz night will be held on Monday 29th February 7pm start at Balsall Heath Church Centre, Mary Street corner of Edward Road ALL Welcome.
Healthy food will be served. Learn 5 key ways to waste less food – you could save up to £700 a year.

An event of Balsall Heath Forum supported by BHIOP and Big Lottery


Keeping Everyone Together

26/01/2016 at 2:43 pm | Posted in uncategorised | 1 Comment

Balsall Heath’s great record in working together to improve the area could be threatened by proposals from the Boundary Commission to cut us into two wards for local authority purposes along the Moseley Road. Many people are very concerned that we do not have to go to two sets of meetings and relate to councillors whose wards include other neighbourhoods. The Neighbourhood Plan will be much better implemented if the whole area sits within one ward. These are the arguments that Balsall Heath Forum say they will be making to the Boundary Commission Many other neighbourhoods would be broken into small wards dividing established neighbourhoods of Birmingham. There is a petition to sign that asks for them to halt and give time for community organisations to make their case Please see the link
To see the proposals and make your own comments by 6 February go to Boundary Commission

Our Green Neighbourhood

15/04/2015 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Community energy, Cycling, Gardens, Home Energy saving, Recycling, Solar power, Trees, uncategorised, Walking, Water, Wildlife | Leave a comment

Good News! Funding has been granted by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to Balsall Heath Is Our Planet for its work in 2015. The aim is to support events and activities that give local people a chance to learn about all the good work and good projects which are showing the way to a more environmentally-friendly way of life for our neighbourhood. SEE, LEARN, GET INVOLVED

The programme is under deveopment, so watch this blogspace. Any suggestions or offers are very welcome
Contact me; John Newson, Development officer, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet 0121 647 1960 in office hours, or email bhiop[at]

Lanterns through the dark streets

26/09/2014 at 12:57 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

Dark evenings can make people afraid to walk the streets of Balsall Heath. Hurrah for the Lantern Walk, being organised by Living Streets on Thursday 30th October. The walk is to set off from Balsall Heath Libaray on Moseley Raod at 5.30pm, with lanterns, to go down Edward Road to Calthope Park. Should be beautiful. There is a free lantern making workshop on the preceding Monday at 11 and 2pm also at the librray – bring a large empty plastic bottle. For more information contact Hemi KasiPatel at Living Streets

20 mph or 30 mph on your street ?

28/05/2014 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Cycling, uncategorised | Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABirmingham City Council has approved a pilot 20mph speed limit project. Central South Birmingham is the first of four pilot schemes. It covers Moseley and Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, parts of Springfield wards.
The consultation seeks views on the proposals, specifically:
Are there any roads proposed for 20mph that you think should remain at their current speed limit?
Are there any roads proposed to keep their current speed limit that you think should change to 20mph?
You can respond online or by email to
You can also attend one of the consultation exhibitions if you wish to discuss with a member of the project team
Consultation closes on Friday 4th July 2014.
Balsall Heath Church Centre,100 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, B12 9JU Saturday 7 June 11am-4pm
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH
Wednesday 18 June 3pm-7pm
Chamberlain Health and Fitness, 1 Belgrave Middleway, B12 9FF
Saturday 21 June 11am-4pm
More information on the scheme, including plans showing which roads are proposed to have a 20mph speed limit, can be found on the webpage

Sustainability Fair comes to Digbeth

14/02/2014 at 4:00 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

Everyone is welcome to the Sustainability Spring Fair
which Birmingham City Council is holding down in the old Custard Factory in Digbeth on Saturday 8th March from 10.30am to 5.00pmin The venue is the Old Library and the Dome at the Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth They promise to celebrate sustainable lifestyles in a fun, educational way with stalls and attractions for all. FREE ENTRY

However, i am less sure about clebrating Climate Week at a time when our city and our island is battered with an unprededented succession of storms and floods. It is time to take these natural disasters very seriously and behave as though we are responsible for their causes and mean to mend our ways.
See you at the fair. John Newson

Low Carbon in Poland

13/01/2014 at 2:51 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

This summer I travelled from balsall Heath to Poland on a placement with the EU’s “Low Carbon Pioneers” programme. This exchanges people involved in building a low carbon society in their own region with others across Europe. First was a placement about renewable energy in Birmingham, then five weeks abroad.

Poland struggled with rebuilding after World War 2, and then moving on from Communism. An independent environmental movement has only begun to emerge, so the downsides of development are not much discussed. I was shocked to see a Tesco superstore in Wroclaw on what had been allotments. Much coal is burned for winter heat and electricity generation so carbon reduction seems a big ask. However, travelling through Germany I saw wind turbines and solar arrays everywhere, waiting to spread when a feed in tariff for clean power comes to Poland. The project we worked on was an Ecopark. I showed slides of green space in Birmingham, and the Bee Garden idea was picked up.

Eastern Europe can benefit from the experience of our environmental movement. They can also look to their own land and traditions for the future.

Pioneers into Practice is recruiting for 2014 see

Renaissance in Balsall Heath

19/09/2012 at 2:52 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

Many thanks to the Old Print Works for hosting our AGM of Balsall Heath Is Our Planet. The building is certainly coming back to life and giving a great example of the creativity that can revive older buildings with heritage value. The food from the ORT Cafe was just what we wanted, and having this facing onto the Moseley Road, opposite our gloroius swimming baths is a huge step forward. The maintenance of opening hours at the Library is also helping keep the area alive.

One can now have a good day out in Balsall Heath.. Links to Old Print Works and ORT Cafe




BHIOP Annual General Meeting

04/09/2012 at 3:29 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

You are invited to the  Balsall Heath Is Our Planet

 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11th September 2012

Please let us know if you can attend to help renew the organisation and hear about progress on our projects and future plans. Do bring a friend, guest or partner if you like. We would like an idea of numbers for catering..

6.00 Start – at the Old Print Works, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath (opposite the swimming baths, parking in Edward Road, walk through the courtyard to red Reception door)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available

6.20 Annual General Meeting business of BHIOP (a registered company and registered charity)

  • Election of trustees
  • Adoption of annual report and accounts 2010-11

6.45 Report on project progress, and slide show, with discussion of future plans

Finish by 8.00


Low Carbon Community

14/12/2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in uncategorised | Leave a comment

The Low Carbon Communities Challenge is a scheme from the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The BHIOP Steering group felt this was an exciting opportunity for the neighbourhood, but decided to co-operate with next door  ‘Sustainable Moseley’ to put in a joint application for funding.  Unfortunately we were not selected in January for the phase 2 of LCCC, but will keep up the conversation with the Department of Energy & Climate Change in London.

To see more details of Low Carbon Communities Challenge see this link

Sustainable Moseley is an initiative of the ‘Moseley Forum’; link

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