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] jericho.org.uk

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.

Bee Garden to Return

05/02/2015 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Gardens | Leave a comment

You may have noticed that the Bee Garden which was created last year by Balsall Heath Forum, using money from Friends of the Earth, has been removed. This is OK !- it is part of work being done by the Environment Agency to make the River Rea more natural and a home for wildlife, once again. They have offered to replace the garden and pay for the work, so it should be better than before, with an accompanying wildflower meadow, so it should look great by the summer. More about this project

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

Wheelie Bins – the video

26/08/2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

A lovely video has been made by young people, to explain to everyone the new wheelie bin recycling and rubbish system that will come to Balslall Heath this autumn. IIt can be seen here

From bags to bins

28/07/2014 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling | Leave a comment

Farm CompostHouseholders are now being leafleted by the City Council about how wheeled bins will roll out across Sparkbrook ward and adjoing wards in Autumn 2014. The black bin for your general rubbish will be medium-sized, holding 180 ltres, but big families will be able to request a larger bin. The recycling bin will be larger at 240 litrs, and experience in Ladywood has been that amounts separated for recycling went up a lot, less going to rubbish. The recycling bin will have a tray on the top for waste paper and the team will take extra, if it is in a cardboard box. Free garden waste collection has ended, so the options are to pay £35 a year for a bin collected fortnightly, or take to the council tip, or best of all to compost it yourself and reuse it in the garden, with low cost compost bins and water butts available here

Community Street Audit on Moseley Road

25/06/2014 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tuesday 8th July
Living Streets a national charitywould like to invite Balsall Heath people to be part of an audit group to help look at ways of improving pedestrian routes. The walking audit led by Hema Kasi-Patel will be an opportunity to highlight the issues faced by pedestrians such as speeding, pavement parking, driving violations, litter, footpath conditions, crossing points and the junction layout of Moseley/Edward Road.
Come along and have your say, everyone’s welcome to attend.
For further information contact Hema on 07595 781875.
Meet at Balsall Heath Library, Moseley Road, B12 9BX
Tuesday 8th July at 11am
(to 12pm)

Living Streets is the national charity working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets around the UK. Living Streets (The Pedestrians Association) is a Registered Charity No. 1108448

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 transportpolicy@birmingham.gov.uk
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 www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph

Community Energy Birmingham – wants volunteer treasurer

21/05/2014 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power | Leave a comment
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Community Energy Birmingham say that they are “looking for someone to take over the role of volunteer Treasurer/ Finance manager in the team of this renewable energy co-operative. You may be interested in the position yourself or you may know of someone who you think might meet our person specification. We have no income to pay for work at present, and your reward will be helping to establish a very worthwhile venture. The time commitment per month will be modest. We have projects ready to go for renewable energy installations on community sites in South Birmingham. We are seeking someone with skills and experience in managing the finances of a small business, a voluntary organisation or co-operative. Interest in renewable energy is useful, but we have that knowledge within the team. Details are attached – please contact us for an informal discussion : –
Please reply to Angela Cooper at angela.cooper[at]blueyonder.co.uk ASP if possible by mid-June
More about CEB

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