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.

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

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