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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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

Faiths Support a Low Carbon Future

05/08/2016 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power, Walking | Leave a comment
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People from a variety of local faith groups will be walking through Balsall Heath and Moseley on Sunday 14th August 2016 to see what has been done to cut carbon emissions and conserve the atmosphere. They will start at 2pm at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, and visit Balsall Heath Church Centre, the KSIMC mosque Clifton Road, then the Zero Carbon House.
A greta opportunity to see what has been done and hear what inspired people to make these buldings into examples for the wider community. Details of the walk are at Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) faith groups in Birmingham respond to the challenge of a low carbon future. Details at Footsteps site
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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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Inner Birmingham Walk

24/03/2016 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment
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It’s the Inner Birmingham Walk ! We have the chance to join others in walking part of the route for the proposed Inner Birmingham Walk, that will join Balsall Heath to neighbouring areas. Saturday 2nd April Start time: 9.00 am for 9.15 depart. Meeting point: Junction of Ladypool Road and Highgate Road B12 8DP .
Distance: Approx 1.5 miles, 3 for return walk, but we can continue with Edgbaston walkers who will end 1pm at Hagley Road. bus return
Contact John Newson on 0121 647 1960 office hours
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A Wildlife Walk in the Park

25/08/2015 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Trees, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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On Thursday 27th August 2015 we shall be having a Wildlife Walk in Cannon Hill Park, led by the park rangers. This is in partnership with the Bright Future Association, which has many members in the Balsall Heath area, so we meet at 12.00 at Calthorpe Park Centre and walk to the park. We hope to explore some wilder or more natural areas, as an alternative to the fair and ice creams. What plants and animals can we find living in the park? A Treasure Hunt to search for objects from nature will be organised after a picnic lunch, then walk back together.. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Meeting place Calthorpe

Wildflower Walk 12th July

07/07/2015 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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A chance for everyone to visit the Wildflower meadow created by volunteers back in 2013, and see what is growing there now. Learn something about the varied wildflowers and the plans for encouraging nature in this area beside the River Rea. Suitable for beginners and those who know a little…
Sunday 12th July starts 2pm meet from the corner of Balsall Heath Road and Clevedon Road and Longmore Street B12 9EE, near Percy Shurmer academy. Bus 35, cycle route 5, or cars park on nearby streets (not on the grass!) SEE MAP

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Walking Champions

19/06/2015 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment
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BHIOP was recently given a certificate in recognition of being a Walking Champion in Birmingham, at a ceremony on Wednesday 17th June. This was from the charity Living Streets, which we worked with to run a Community Street Audit. This identified barriers to pedestrians along the Moseley Road – we found plenty. The report of Living Streets with their recommendations was given to the City Council and some of the things in it may be implemented it seems. we shall watch for this, as pedestrians often feel like their space is being taken by everyone. BHIOP has also responded to a Council consultation about the future of advertising boards on the footway, and we asked that they do not block the way or the view to the detriment of people trying to walk in safety.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison visiting the Living Streets project in Birmingham.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison visiting the Living Streets project in Birmingham.

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