• Events,  Nature

    Bees, Trees & Me, 24 May

    There’s a buzz around Highbury Park in May! HPF, Highbury Orchard Community, Bee Keepers and friends invite you to Bees, Trees and Me, an artful celebration of bees and community, in the park on Saturday 24th May, 12-4 pm. There will be activities for all ages, including beehive inspections, making a grand bug hotel, poetry, wordplay and picnic, skep weaving and waggle dancing, plus who knows what other surprises on the day! It’s free, with opportunities to donate to voluntary groups and other projects. That said, we also need your help… …to join in and help create something special; …to collect materials for making the bug hotel; …and to give…

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    Revised Events Calendar

    Our events calendar (originally posted in February) has two revisions: a cancellation of Cathy Clarke’s Blossom Walk this week, and the addition of Bees, Trees & Me on the 24th. We are hoping to add another event or three, but have not planned them as yet. Here’s the revised list, including past events. Tuesday 25 February ‘THE LANDSCAPING OF HIGHBURY PARK’, with PHILLADA BALLARD. 7.30PM, Moseley Exchange, 149 -153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP Friday 7 March WILDLIFE WALK, with PAUL ANTHONY 1PM, meet at car park Tuesday 18 March ‘JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN: Icon for our times?’, with PETER MARSH, 7PM, Kitchen Garden Cafe, 17 York Road, B14 7SA Saturday 5…

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    Tree Dressing 2

    We’ve invited Barry Patterson to run a tree dressing workshop on the afternoon of 5 December. He has many ideas about the kinds of things we can do. Some are listed below. We will provide some simple materials – such as things gathered from the park, decorative papers and string. We would like bits of coloured fabric, and would be pleased to have you bring pieces along from your own collections. You might also consider making decorations at home and bringing them to the park on the day. Tree Dressing Themes a. Celebration of trees in general with respect to their practical benefits, place in the ecosystem & their beauty…

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    Tree Dressing 1

    The following is the first of three posts collated to provide some information and ideas about tree dressing events.  We’re organising one for Sunday 5 December. The first two posts will provide backgrounds and ideas. The third post will provide details of the event. Tree Dressing Day falls on the first weekend of December each year. In 2010, that’s the 4th/5th. Although initiated only a few years ago by the charity Common Ground, the celebration draws on traditions from all round the world. Each tradition revolves around decorating significant and special local trees with a variety of materials. Tree Dressing Day is also an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness…

  • 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…

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    2009 Events Planning, so far

    Below is the schedule of events we hope to put on this year.Most are still tentative, though several already have planning efforts under way.The big events will be in relation to the Floral Trail / Big Kings Heath Festival on July 4th (and possibly 5th); plus a series of walks collectively named the Festival of Walks. We hope to have something in May or June, such as another Arbour Day event, in addition to the Art Walk, but some of these will depend on finding the money and resources to put something together. As things stand, the next event is a Historic Survey Walk this Saturday, 11:00, starting from the…