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 ...

50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 1

I  met a lovely person from the National Trust recently and heard mention of this list they have compiled: 5o Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4. Please take a look. Print it off and stick it on your fridge or wherever your child can see it. Every item is guaranteed to connect you ...

More Bee Fun – Bees, Trees & Me!

More Bee Fun - Bees, Trees & Me!
We are really pleased to have set up another afternoon of bee-inspired creative activity! This is another of our Foraging Necklace events to celebrate the creativity and community of honeybees (and other pollinators). This time we are joining with artists to create art in the park, with an emphasis on creative communities of both insect ...

Foraging Necklace, trees!

Good news! We heard recently that we will be receiving 420 tree whips from the Woodland Trust. These will develop our Foraging Necklace project further into the park, creating a wider range of blossom for bees and other pollinators to forage amongst. And it all happens above our heads! Some of the trees will produce ...