Another Chance to Prune Fruit Trees

08/01/2019 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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You can learn this practical skill on Wednesday January 16th for 9.30 start at Balsall Heath City Farm, Clifton Road, B12 8NN.  

Pruning will help fruit trees to make plenty of blossom and fruit . Morning session for men and women. Free of charge with everything provided.  Tutor is Rob Tilling of Let’s Grow Together. Great feedback from the session before Christmas.

Let us know if you are coming BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk

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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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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 0121 647 1960 bhiop@jericho.org.uk

Reopening of our stations

19/11/2018 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Streets, Train station | Leave a comment
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At long last…. Local people are being asked for their input into the designs for new rail stations at Moseley,  Kings Heath and Hazelwell (all closed in 1941). There is now funding to build them.

Below are the times of consultation events, beginning this week, when you can see the designs for the new stations.

Not Balsall Heath station, however, because although it  was strongly supported at the Street Festival and the Carnival and is in the Neighbourhood Plan, and has been surveyed, according to WM Rail Executive, and a feasibility study is currently underway, there is no funding to build it in the current programme. Therefore from 2022, two trains an hour will go through Balsall Heath, but not stop.  Unless the case is made and money can be found some other way. However, we should all benefit from fewer  journeys and less congestion on the Alcester/ Moseley Road when stations are open.

Consultation on the designs are open for anyone to call in to view information on the station proposals, talk to the team and share views.

  • Wednesday 21 Nov – St Mary’s Church, Moseley (1-8.30pm)
  • Thursday 22 Nov – Moseley Exchange (1-8.30pm)
  • Thursday 29 Nov – Kings Heath Library (2-6pm)
  • Thursday 6 Dec – Kings Heath Library (2-6pm)

You can also share your views online at www.tfwm.org.uk/stations

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Plot holders dig deep

12/11/2018 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Gardens, Water | Leave a comment

Our nearest allotments garden site is behind Cannon Hill Park. Congratulations to the plot holders there for raising the money to sink a borehole this year, so as to access underground water. The storage tank (as pictured) is at a high point, so it will water the plots by gravity. Next summer, a huge amount of tap water will be saved in growing the fruit and veg. – and for many years to come. We all have to plan for longer droughts, due to climate change, and this is a great demonstration of planning ahead.

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Solar energy opportunity

25/10/2018 at 11:54 am | Posted in Community energy | 2 Comments

Community Energy Birmingham is launching a new ethical share offer

Solar energy has rather stalled recently, but our friends at CEB are bravely going forward with another project and  are launching their new share offer on Tuesday 30th October.

They already have solar roofs on community buildings in Moseley and Sparkbrook and they now have one lined up in Castle Vale. Existing investors have just received a 4% return on their shares, so ethical investment can pay.

There will be a presentation to learn more and decide if you want to be an investor. Two launch events planned, where to find out more, meet the team, and ask questions:

Event 1 :  Tuesday 30th October. 6.00 pm at Birmingham Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57  Allison Street Birmingham B5 5TH

Event 2 : Thursday 1st November, 7.00 pm at the Moseley Exchange, 145 Alcester Road, Moseley B13 8JP

Further details are available on CEB website                      BOOK EVENTS HERE

 

Autumn planting

17/10/2018 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Gardens, Green Spaces, Streets | Leave a comment

Nice work by Edward Road Baptist Church’s volunteers who have cleared some derelict planters beside the church and brightened up their corner.

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Long ago, the council put in three concrete boxes, which are 6 sided, hexagons, like a honey comb, but long ago they stopped planting them. and they became completely overgrown.

BHIOP was happy to lend a hand with digging and plants, some brought from the BEE Garden at the Old Print Works , which is looking very splendid, thanks to Jeremy’s care and pride.

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Energy saving quick wins

09/10/2018 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment
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Colder weather is here and people are remembering all the things they meant to do to save energy last winter – but didn’t get around to.! . Balsall Heath has many older houses and a lot of scope to save energy at home. The Energy Savings Trust offers free advice, including their top ten energy saving tips

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House with no winter

19/09/2018 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment
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There is a “pop up” Open Afternoon at the Zero Carbon House in Balsall Heath this Sunday. An amazing house that stores solar energy and hardly requires traditional heating. Feel that free energy! Big Six energy companies are furious, we hear.

Well worth a visit, if you have not been. All welcome, but only at this time please, because it is a family house.

Sunday 23 September at 2 pm at 103 Tindal Street, opposite Tindal Academy B12 9QU

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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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