2018 Wassail!

2018 Wassail!
WASSAIL! SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY 3:30 - 5:30 THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND IS SET TO BE WET ALL DAY SUNDAY. SO WOODLAND PLAY IS CANCELLED. THE WASSAIL WILL GO AHEAD AT 3:30 AS PLANNED. This year we are combining a Woodland Play (Sunday) with our annual Wassail. The children's activities start at 1:30 and we meet ...

Herb Workshops – are you interested?

Herb Workshops - are you interested?
Calling all families who visit Holders Wood and Highbury Orchard! Highbury Orchard Community is thinking of applying for Grow Wild grant of £2-4K, to run a project from March to October 2018. Activities and workshops must help people grow or learn about native wild plants, wildflowers or fungi. We at HOCCIC are particularly interested in ...

Stick Around 2017 – 2018

Stick Around 2017 - 2018
For 2017 - 2018, we have decided to make Stick Around a focus of our community fundraising. If you want to find out how your donation will be put to good use, you have come to the right page! Stick Around is our Forest Education programme for grown-ups. (Well, why should the children have all ...

Wider Purpose Survey no. 1 – facilities & sessions

We've been asking our mailing list subscribers the occasional activity and project development question - and are now broadening that to the wider community. Thanks for coming to answer our survey. Please copy these questions into an email and send your replies to hoccic@gmail.com These questions are about our needs for facilities, and what addional ...

Woodland Play 2017

Woodland Play 2017
Welcome to Woodland Play 2017! Here  you will find what is happening for young children and families at Highbury Orchard Community. There are two groups: Under 5 (Wednesdays at 1:30) and 5-8 (After School Club, Wednesdays at 3:45). The age ranges are only a guideline to following the interests of the children, so others outside ...

How you can get involved

Highbury is an inspiring place: 'a piece of countryside in the city,' said Joe Chamberlain over a hundred years ago, and it still feels that way today. The community orchard at Highbury is a place to lay down the stresses of urban life and pick up a garden or coppicing tool; or to just be, ...

Outdoor Learning Handbook

Outdoor Learning Handbook
Our handbook is free to download as a PDF via this link: Highbury Outdoor Learning handbook If you want your children to be fit and healthy, enjoy and engage in fun and free activities (and learn a little about themselves and our planet along the way), you will find something interesting here! The handbook identifies ...

Zero Coca Cola 2

Fit and Healthy in Birmingham Parks Birmingham City Council Public Health department is concerned about the low levels of fitness and high incidence of obesity and diabetes amongst its residents. There are abnormally high numbers of children with these issues in our city. “24.4% of Birmingham children are overweight or obese when they start school ...

Woodland Play

Woodland Play
5th November: after a break for half-term our Woodland Play after school club and the earlier group, Down to Earth returned to the serious business of playing outdoors last Wednesday. We made good use of the leaves in the early afternoon, and found some excellent hiding places after school. As we said a cheery goodbye ...

Bees Trees and Me just got very wet (and had fun nonetheless)

Bees Trees and Me just got very wet (and had fun nonetheless)
It's now 24 hours later and my trusty waxed hat has still not dried out! The day started out with a heavy downpour, followed by continuous drizzle if not worse. We decided early on that some activities would have to be shelved - the skep weaving, the poetry, the hive inspections, the pompom trail and ...