• Walks

    Conifer Walk. December 16th 2023

    We are holding a joint event with Birmingham Tree People on Saturday, December 16th at 10.00am. Meet in the car park off Shutlock Lane. We’ll walk around the park to learn more about our many conifer trees. Please wear suitable footwear. Free of charge and everyone welcome.

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    RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch – February 4th 2022

    Every year we like to hold a count to see how many species of birds we can spot at Highbury. This year’s event is on Friday February 4th, meet at 11.00am in the car park. Alf Dimmock, Senior Park Ranger will lead the event. Everyone welcome. Please wear footwear suitable for walking over uneven and muddy ground.  

  • Events,  Walks

    Song of the Woods – 27 Nov, 6PM

    Tiger Skins of Sunlight, a collection of movers, shakers and magic makers present ‘The Song of The Woods’. With a community willow lantern parade and singing from Ark Tindal Primary Academy and King’s Heath Primary school choir, we are holding a beautiful winter celebration in local parks Cannon Hill and Highbury, with a live open air film screening of a shadow puppet story featuring the song ‘The Woods’ by The Phlox of Pink. Please join us on Thursday 27th November at 6pm (prompt) -7pm in Highbury Park, King’s Heath (meeting by the High Street entrance).   Our finale evening event will be held at The Old Printworks  06/12/14 with a…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  Incidents,  Walks

    Chamberlain gardens in the news

    Highbury was mentioned in the Birmingham Post and Mail yesterday when Cllr. Mullaney, as Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Leisure and Culture, drew attention to last week’s vandalism of the stone viewing platform in the former Chamberlain gardens near Highbury hall. As public response pours in, people are asking what can be done.  This post sets out a few answers for the near and middle future. First, we must remind everyone that the viewing platform is not in the park. It is on unassigned Highbury Trust land. Some of the Trust land is managed by the Parks department, but the rest of it is currently outside of any contracted maintenance…

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    Spring Foraging

    Sunday’s foraging walk went very nicely. Alys Fowler led a group of 18 people through various parts of the park, collecting nettle, sorrel, and other herbs whilst also noting the edibility of bulrush, knotweed, dandelion and other plants. At walk’s end, we sampled a tasty nettle risotto made by Birgit Kehrer, whilst enjoying some sunshine and the newly-exposed brick floor of the old Chamberlain barn.

  • 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,  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…

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    Art Walk (Festival of Walks)

    The Festival of Walks continues with an Art Walk, Sunday 31st May 11am, departing from the Alcester Road entrance. Join botanical artist Catharine Clarke for a gentle meander around Highbury Park. Hear how the park and its history have inspired artworks currently being created by her. Do bring along cameras or sketchbooks if you wish, and maybe get the creative bug too! This is our second in a series of walks focussing on Highbury as a source of inspiration and as a place for creative activities. It is also part of our ongoing series of walks exploring the park’s rich range of landscape, historical and wildlife qualities.