Walking route into city centre

11/09/2017 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment

Walkers set out from Balsall Heath Library on 9th September with the idea of discovering a safe and quiet walking route into Birmingham city centre. We strode through green spaces down to the River Rea, where we saw some public art and lovely flowers among the grass. Then crossed the Middleway, turning left through more green spaces in Highgate to reach the zebra crossing of Sherlock Street, so into Hope Street, after which we used a new pedestrian crossing of Bristol Road. Following Rickman Drive we entered Moonlit Park, then Sunset Park, exited onto Langley Walk, which took us to the bombed out St Thomas’s church with its Peace Garden. From there on up Washington Street, then beside The Cube to join the canal towpath all the way to the back of the Convention Centre (toilets!). We finished behind the Library of Birmingham in the City Centre Gardens. Here we met the other walkers and cyclists who had come in by other green routes and we all received the praise of the Lord Mayor.

We agreed that our route was surprisingly peaceful and traffic free, and these green spaces should be signed and made better known. Birmingham isn’t just roads and traffic ! 

John Newson, development officer, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet

 

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Walk to the City Centre

30/08/2017 at 12:19 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment
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Walk to the City Centre on Sunday 10th September

Let’s discover a safe walking route into Birmingham city centre that goes through green spaces. We want to show that they should be protected and linked up for walking and cycling routes. Please join this community walk and picnic, organised by the Greener Birmingham Coalition. One of the walks will be led by Balsall Heath Forum on Sunday 10th September meeting at 12.00 from Balsall Heath Library, next to Moseley Road Baths. Finish at the picnic at City Centre Gardens, behind the Library of Birmingham. It’s free, no booking, just turn up. Please have your walking shoes, rainwear and a picnic. About 2 miles or 1 hour, take a bus back or walk. More information at Greener West Midlands

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Solar Walk

27/06/2017 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power, Walking | Leave a comment

We will be holding a walk to look at some community buildings that are acting as power stations. Community Energy Birmingham is joining forces with Balsall Heath Is Our Planet to hold the event on Saturday 8th July. We start at 11am from in front of the Post Office in Moseley Village. Our tour will include that building and the parish church and Hamza mosque, which all generate electricity for local use.
Many people do not realise how much solar power is being used already, and what a great potential there is on all the roofs of the city to make clean electricity for the future.
As usual, please let us know if you are coming, or just turn up. No charge. The walk will last about 90 minutes and we shall see inside of some buildings as well meet people from the organisations who benefit from cheap electricity.
John Newson bhiop[@]jericho.org.uk see CEB website
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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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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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