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  • Community,  Conservation,  Consultations,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury restoration update

    The Birmingham Conservation Trust website has a news item and three-minute interview about their options appraisal for the entire Highbury estate. An options appraisal is often a financial analysis, as was done by KPMG some years ago when BCC were thinking of selling the buildings. But in this case, the BCT are taking a broader look at what it would take to make Highbury work as a charitable resource, which necessarily means developing adequate income, but is also about making it available for the benefit of Brummies, such as through a sensitive heritage restoration, through charitable care projects like Four Seasons, or as a venue for educational and community activities.…

  • Community,  Events

    Edible Birmingham

    Oz sent round a couple of flyers about the Edible Birmingham gig at All Saints on the afternoon of Saturday October 2. It’s "a celebration of locally grown and produced food" put on by or through Friends of the Earth, and promises things like: • Produce swap-shop for gardeners and allotment holders • Small scale local growers and producers to complement the Farmer’s market • Talks and workshops on food and sustainability • Cookery demonstration • Film and video shorts • Home-made soups, tea, coffee and cakes What’s more, the Friends of the Earth webpage says: As a part of this event allotment holders and gardeners are invited to bring…

  • Community,  Events,  Nature

    Work Party, Saturday 27 March, 11-3

    Our first event of the year will be a work party near the apiary. Some of the long-neglected areas of the park deserve some attention, and we want to support the beekeepers in their efforts. They’ll be starting work on the hives in early April, so we’ve decided that a bit of brush clearing beforehand is the thing to do. We want to focus on the area below the apiary that’s mainly laurel and bramble, and the upper part of the duck pond (where the new pipe is being laid, and around the waterfall). We also hope to have enough people to do some work maintaining the Queensbridge footpath, possibly…

  • Community,  Events,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury Trust Expressions of Interest & Public Meeting

    After a period of confusion and doubt, it appears that the public meeting about Highbury Trust is going ahead. Nearly 3 weeks ago, we received an email with the following text Public Notice The Highbury Trust One of Birmingham’s most famous parliamentarian’s, Rt. Hon. Joseph Chamberlain MP built Highbury Hall as a family home in 1878. The Highbury estate was transferred to trustees in 1919 by the eldest son of Joseph Chamberlain and the estate was finally gifted to Birmingham City Council on trust for the benefit of the citizens of Birmingham in 1932. The estate comprises of Highbury Hall, Chamberlain House and land that is now forms part of…

  • Community,  Highbury Trust,  History,  Nature,  News,  Park Management

    Two important documents, and your input

    January saw the release of two documents, one being the Historic Landscape Appraisal we’ve waited for since 2006, and the other being a revised scheme for Highbury Trust. Each document is important, and well worth reading, but for very different reasons. Reading the Highbury Trust scheme is a matter of urgency, as it is open to your comments until February 21, and will have a significant impact on the future of Highbury. More on this in a few paragraphs, after outlining some issues relating to the the Historic Landscape survey. Reading the 116-page landscape survey is a matter of broadening our understanding of the Highbury-Uffculme landscape, and of setting priorities…

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    Key Hill online

    Thanks to Snyg over at Brummages I’ve just discovered a website for another of the green spaces that make Birmingham unique: Friends of Key Hill Cemetery. How long the website has been up, and how long the Friends have been active are both unknown, but they are both welcome additions to the Birmingham open space community, online and off. The FoKHC (sorry, but acronyms are almost guaranteed in this medium) mission is “to raise whatever funds we can, no matter how small, and spend it on things required to bring the Cemetery back to a state that reflects its historical importance.” The context for their efforts is set out briefly:…

  • Community,  Events

    The Woods Project

    If you pass the Shutlock Lane noticeboard, you may have seen this poster: it says Director Jane Packman and the woods project team will be working in Highbury Park during September to create a promenade performance in the park at nightfall. We invite you to a “work in progess showing” on Thursday 2nd october at 7pm to see the work so far. Please wear sturdy footwear. We will guide you by torchlight around Highbury, encountering stories and characters as we go. Intriguing. I wonder if it has anything to do with the Halloween story tour mentioned on another flyer. Or perhaps it’s a re-enactment of Chamberlain-era events. Or not. Is…

  • Community,  Events,  Nature,  Park Management

    Kings Heath Festival, Wildflower Meadow

    Ellen & I spent part of of a gusty Saturday afternoon at Kings Heath Festival in Kings Heath Park with friends from Kings Heath Floral Trail (above) and Kings Heath Forum (below). The weather was lovely in its way, but not suitable for setting out documents. Even so, we managed to talk to people about the Highbury portion of the floral trail (meadow grasses north of Shutlock Lane entrance) and the Highbury Trust proposal. We haven’t posted anything about the meadow grasses before, so  bit of explanation is in order. Early this year, as part of our tree trail project, we talked with the floral trail people about their route through the park, and suggested…