• BOSF

    Parks Visitor Satisfaction Survey

    A message from Sarah Royal of the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, and a survey Dear BOSF Member Birmingham City Council have put together a Visitor Satisfaction Survey for the Parks Service. Many copies are being circulated at the moment, however if you have not received one and would like you chance to have your say I am enclosing a PDF version of the survey that has been sent to us. It will need to be printed out and posted back to the freepost address on the form. Please take this opportunity to write down both the good and the bad about your open space.  The more information that is returned…

  • Organisations

    Bee-Keeper’s newsletter

    The latest issue of the Birmingham & District Bee-Keeper’s Association newsletter is available as a PDF for download here. Lots of interesting snippets of news and information within. If you are interested in beekeeping, please note that the training apiary is open for visitors from one of the Saturdays in April (perhaps a bit before). Numbers are limited, so if you want to attend, contact John Madgwick in the first instance at the address contained within.

  • Events,  History,  Organisations

    ‘Plant Hunters, Parks and Gardens’ – University of Birmingham

    On Saturday 27th March 2010, from 10:00-4:30, a Day School is being held at the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham on ‘Plant Hunters, Parks and Gardens’. One of the speakers is Highbury landscape survey author Phillada Ballard, who will be talking about the history of Highbury Park. Other speakers are David Lambert and Simon Gulliver. This lecture responds to the growing momentum to promote the importance of heritage parks in Birmingham. Further details can be found at:Plant Hunters, Parks and Gardens: Developments in Garden History in Birmingham and the Midlands This event is part of the University Of Birmingham Day Schools and Evening Classes programme. A brochure…

  • Organisations

    Inspired Websites

    There must be dozens, perhaps hundreds, of websites around the UK devoted to local parks, green and open spaces. There may even be a project that is recording the details of these websites and their associated groups, possibly even a printed guide. But these sorts of projects frequently exist in a splendid obscurity; known to locals, insiders, and a few others. So it’s a pleasant surprise to come across a very well set out website for a Nottingham park called ParkViews – Lenton Recreation Ground, and via that website, the United Kingdom Database of Historic Parks and Gardens at the University of York (which has various other garden-related websites). The…

  • BOSF,  Events,  Meeting,  News

    Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF) events

    Birmingham Open Spaces Forum have sent out their new and hi-glam newsletter along with the agenda and booking form for this year’s Spring Conference. The spring conference is free to members of open spaces groups, and focuses on issues of interest to parks and open spaces users, such as: Maintenance Contracts: who will be cutting the grass for the next 10 years? Sites Under Threat: how to defend your turf! Organising Events and Activities Funding: Landfill Trusts Information on future funding opportunities and from groups who have raised money That’s Saturday 26th April 2008 from 10.30am – 3.00pm at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. For further info about the conference or…

  • BOSF

    Birmingham Strategic Partnership – Local Area Agreements

    Dear BOSF members, you may not want to know this – but for the future funding of parks and open spaces belonging to Birmingham City Council you may need to know about Local Area Agreements (LAAs) Below is an invitation to an event where you can find out more.There are 3 different days and times to suit all needs! If you are interested in going please contact them directly. Calling all networks, neighbourhood forums, tenants and residents groups! You are invited to one of a series of special events are being held so you can find out more about Birmingham’s new Local Area Agreements with the government and the related…

  • BOSF

    Breathing Places – bulletin

    Dear BOSF members – please note that Phase 3 of the Lottery’s Breathing Places grant fund is now available – use this link for more information: Breathing Places The Breathing Places programme is a UK wide small grants programme developed in partnership with the BBC. It complements the BBC’s Breathing Places campaign by giving funding for small groups. Phase 3 of the programme opened for applications on 12 November 2007. The aim of phase 3 of the programme is to: * increase the number and range of people making use of, and helping to develop and maintain, breathing places, and * make a lasting improvement to the natural environment of…