Tree Hunt at the Carnival

03/07/2015 at 3:07 pm | Posted in Trees | Leave a comment

Residents at the Balsall Heath Carnival will be able to join a hunt for 7 different kinds of trees growing in Pickwick Park, the Carnival site beside St Paul’s Road. The event starts at 12.00 on Saturday 4th July. Looks like it will be scorching, so what better than to admire some cool and shady trees? Our neighbourhood would be even hotter and more polluted without all the trees that have been planted over the last 30 years.
See you at the BHIOP stall. John Newson

Residents Offered Shares in Solar Roofs

24/06/2015 at 11:07 am | Posted in Solar power | Leave a comment
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Local people will be able to buy shares in solar roofs that Community Energy Birmingham Ltd. is installing this summer. Moseley Exchange and Ackers Adventure are important centres of social action whose electricity costs will be reduced by the panels. A meeting 7.30pm on 2nd July at the Moseley Exchange will explain to those interested in investing how to do this, and use some of their savings to create these Community Power Stations, and receive a reward payment for the next 20 years. There are income tax advantages as well for investors. Details are on the website of Community Energy Birmingham



Walking Champions

19/06/2015 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment

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.

We met the Trees

15/06/2015 at 10:10 am | Posted in Trees | Leave a comment

Of Balsall Heath And learned their names and how to recognise them
Meet the Trees

Walk finds 21 types of tree in Balsall Heath

12/06/2015 at 10:39 am | Posted in Trees | Leave a comment

Our Tree Walk on 7th June found 21 types of tree growing in streets, parks and gardens. For a supposed inner city area, there certainly are a lot! and we learned how to recognise them and notice what they are doing. It was so good, we are doing it again, but walking in another direction to see what we can find this time. Sunday 14th June starts 2pm at Balsall Heath library, next to the swimming baths on Moseley Road. Children must be supervised by adults as there are busy roads. Only cancel if raining at the start.Trees in BH

Meet the Trees of Balsall Heath

01/06/2015 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Gardens, Trees | Leave a comment

Meet the Trees of Balsall Heath
Come on our Tree Walks to learn more about the beautiful trees that are all around us. Free event. All welcome (but children must be under your supervision, some busy roads). Just turn up – unless it is actually raining.
Sunday 7th June meet at 2pm (to Edward Road) And Sunday 14th June meet at 2pm (to Clifton Road) Both walks start from outside Balsall Heath Library, Moseley Rd. Lasts 1 hour. Led by John Newson.
Trees in BH

Let’s learn to GROW IT !

19/05/2015 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Gardens | Leave a comment

Let’s learn to GROW IT ! At a special event at the Community Garden Centre in Balsall Heath on Monday 25th May repeated Saturday 30th May, from 12am to 4pm.

See and learn about how to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, also methods of composting your garden waste. Bring us your questions! Let’s share what we know and grow a better neighbourhood.

Balsall Heath Forum’s Garden Centre is on St Paul’s Road, near the junction with Ladypool Road, B12 8LS. Limited on-street parking only. Everyone welcome and free admission. Plant Sales at reasonable prices.

Supported by the ‘Our Green Neighbourhood’ programme of Balsall Heath is our Planet, a registered charity, with Big Lottery funding

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]

Wildflower Meadow to Return

15/04/2015 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment

You may have noticed that the Wildflower Meadow along Clevedon Road, which was created last year by volunteers and paid for by The Wildlife Trust has turned brown, due to an application of weed killer by parks department. It is hoped that by re-seeding it, more wildflowers will appear later this summer, and it will join with the new wildflower meadow being sown along Longmore Street beside the River Rea.. More about this project and the changes to the River Rea

Free bike, if you need one

18/02/2015 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Big Birmingham Bikes is an initiative aiming to encourage people of all backgrounds to get cycling regularly. If what is stopping you is that you cannot afford a bike, then this could be the opportunity for you. 5,000 free-to-use bikes for the residents of Birmingham have arrived, and some will be given away to those from deprived areas including Balsall Heath. To see the video use this link
To see if you will qualify for a FREE bike look here
Tel: 0121 464 1020 or alternatively email us at

if you have any queries.

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