Events

  • 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…

  • Park Management,  Walks

    Bird Food & Underground Rivers

    Had a good talk and walk with Simon Cooper (our District Park Manager)  today. Whilst we were out & about, our attention was drawn to an odd collection of wildflowers, as shown above. The one on the left has an herbal association, and the one on the right is usually associated with dinner. So why were either in the park, along with some other equally unusual plants? For a clue, go look at the base of the dead tree across the footpath from the reed bed. Then, if it’s early morning, look up in the tree. I’d previously mentioned the sandy soil below the area we’ve been clearing for wildflowers. …

  • Events,  work party

    A Bit Of Paling

    Early this evening, Jean and I set up the first bit of paling for the wildflower garden. Rob has left us three short sections and some poles. Jean and I brought hand tools, and within an hour or so – and between rainshowers – had dug three holes, set the posts, and stapled the first bit of paling to them. We made two small but fascinating discoveries in digging the post holes. The first post hole was very rich forest loam down to about 6 inches, then turned to a very sticky pale grey clay. The second posthole, 8 feet north, was the same composition, but the water table was…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  Info,  News,  Walks

    July Newsletter

    After an astounding – and exhausting – effort, we’ve got a new, 4 page, newsletter for you! The July 2010 newsletter is ready for download in PDF format here. If you’re on the subscriber list, we’ll email you a link shortly. The headline stories are as follows: Trees, Trees, Trees! Tree Recognition Walk – see more below Wildflower Garden Project Park Keeper Update Highbury Trust Update Volunteers, Committee Members & Trustees wanted Annual Subscriptions Notice Plus, reports on Recent Events: Forage and Folklore Walk Photography Walk and notice of  Upcoming Event: Tree Recognition Walk A practical event for all ages, recognising, drawing and collecting material for pressing. Led by local…

  • Events,  Nature,  work party

    Woodland Wildflower Garden

    We’ve been working with Nicola Little of Quadron to identify and develop a patch of native wildflowers next to the apiary. The idea is to do something about the overabundance of Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) whilst also providing something of interest to the bees that’s suited to the location and habitat. The solution is to plant a variety of plant species that are both shade and damp tolerant, such as foxglove, ragged robin, bog primula, and wild garlic. But first, we need to clear a site, and decide what goes where! Volunteers needed So we are looking for volunteers to help with a) pulling up the balsam before it sets…

  • Events

    Highbury Hall Summer Open Day

    The city council catering department is having an Open Day at Highbury Hall, as set out on the Council webpage below. Highbury Hall Summer Open Day – Birmingham City Council Highbury Hall Summer Open DaySunday 13 June 201010.30 – 15.30Free Admission An opportunity to view a splendid Victorian mansion and grounds and have a guided tour. Guided tours available, £3.00 per person. Tours at 11.00, 12.00, 13.30 and 14.30 (subject to availability and change). BBQ in the gardens (weather permitting). Other light refreshments on sale. Families and children welcome. Sign Language: Available on Request Further information:Tel: 0121 449 6549 or email: events@birmingham.gov.uk Address:4 Yew Tree RoadMoseleyWest MidlandsUKB13 8QG Map: multimap…

  • Events,  News

    Bee-lightful

    Concerto for Alpenhorn and loppers If you’re a regular Saturday visitor to the park, you are likely to have heard the Alpenhorn echoing over the meadows.  Today, those of us working in the apiary were treated to several tunes whilst snipping our way through the laurel and holly. If you listen carefully to the video above, the sounds of the horn can be heard between bits of conversation and the sound of several shears snipping. The work party itself was also a wonderful thing. We had just enough tools for the people who turned up, and kept ourselves busy for 3 hours, occasionally stopping for drinks and conversation. Rob, John…

  • 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…