Park Management

  • Consultations,  Events,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury’s future: the public consultation

    The long-standing question of what to do about Highbury Trust is being addressed through a new proposal. The Trustees (Birmingham City Council) have published their ‘preferred option‘ for the future management, maintenance, and charitable activities of the Trust. Your participation in this is vital to setting the best course for Highbury and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The preferred option is being circulated for public discussion, and will be followed by a decision to adopt or amend. Highbury Park Friends and allied groups are taking positions to have the option amended. Our thinking is set out here, in an info pack. [http://tinyurl.com/Oct2012HighburyComments] Paper copies are available at York Supplies in Kings Heath.…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Consultations,  News

    Play Area Concept & Survey

    We’ve been asked – along with other community groups and interested parties – to give some feedback on an initial drawing for a naturalistic play area in the park. The sketch plan is as below (click image for larger view), in a version somewhat altered from the original, for ease of comprehension. Note that a tree is misidentified as marked for felling. This has not been agreed. Note also that all of the graphics are for example only. These are all rough ideas about what might be done on a small budget and short timeline. Your input should focus on issues within that brief, such as whether the location and…

  • Consultations,  Events

    Tree Dressing Festivities

    Yesterday’s sunny, warm-ish tree-dressing, tree-planting, and woodland walking event was both lots of fun and enjoyed by many. Parks Ranger Penny Marriott and a small crew of energetic volunteers cleared the ground and planted some 25 hawthorn whips alongside the allotments fence, then came over to the festivities tent and helped celebrate! Caroline Jariwala set up a flag-and-bunting stall, where young and old made decorative drawings on coloured fabrics, then hung them from branches and lines. One person, Naima, went so far as to knit purple flowers as well (very speedily, considering the size of them)! These decorations will remain through the holidays. When they are taken down, we are…

  • Park Management

    Rose Beds Rationalisation pt 2

    A few weeks ago we were sent a list of all the city park rose beds scheduled for elimination. Highbury was listed as having 16 beds, 11 of which would be replaced with grass or shrubs. CURRENT TO REMAIN TO GRASS TO SHRUBS 16 5 9 2 To date, nobody has identified all 16 beds. There are 7 near the Shutlock / Moor Green Lane entrance and 2 in the Henbury garden, leaving 7 unidentified. We think most of those were once at Henbury. But nobody’s confirmed it. Of the 9 identified beds, two are in poor condition, and we’ve told Simon Cooper (District Parks Manager) that those two would…

  • 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. …