Park Management

  • Consultations,  Park Management

    Play Area Consultation

    An email from Constituency Play Services Manager Shashi Bhana arrived this week, asking for our views on new play facilities for the park. Shashi apparently works with the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which is sort of a combination of local health trusts and Be Birmingham. We haven’t been given any other details of who is behind the approach, but it’s probably something to do with Play England’s Playbuilder scheme. Recent examples (without photos) are listed at the BCC’s playbuilder webpage, and mention play items like boulders, climbing net, contemporary slide, labyrinth, overhead rotator, reclaimed logs, rock stacks and grass mounds, rubber matting, see-saw, space net, springie, swing seats, trim…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Highbury Trust,  News

    Consultation Date on Highbury Trust: October 28

    A letter reaches us from Kate Waring of the Charities Commission. She writes that Birmingham City Council have set a date for a public meeting about the future of Highbury. The date seems quite firm, but we should wait to hear from the Council itself before making any plans. The main part of her letter is copied below. Further to my e-mail last week, we have now been informed that the Council has arranged a public meeting in relation to Highbury for 28 October. On this basis, the Commission will not proceed with the meeting proposed for 6 November.* However, we have advised the Council that we do reserve the…

  • Events,  Park Management

    Park Tidy – Litter Pick, 16 May 10-1

    We’ve had confirmation from the Parks Department and Quadron (the new maintenance crew) for a litter pick next Saturday 16 May, from 10:00-1:00, starting from the car park. Quadron will send operatives, 12 picking tools & 12 pair of gloves. If you want to bring your own gloves, so much the better! The areas to be picked are mainly along the southern edge: next to the railway (A), the Henbury pond (B), and the allotments (C). But a bit near the fallen poplar(D), in the central hedgerow (E), and the area  that was once Henbury outbuildings (F) also need a once-over. A walk along the southern edge and the allotment…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  History,  Walks

    Festival of Walks: Historic Survey Walk No. 1

    One of the ways we want to use Phillada Ballard’s Historic Landscape Appraisal is as a reference and organising device for a series of walks. We are calling them Historic Survey Walks, the first of which will be this Saturday, from 11:00, meeting at the Alcester Road entrance to the Park. This will be a short walk around the eastern end of the park, once known as Uffculme Park, and containing remnants of the 18th Century estate known as The Henburys, shown as the area labelled B in the map below. The history and character of this estate has developed a significantly higher profile through Phillada’s work, so we want…

  • 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…