Tree-Planting with groups and schools

Tree-Planting with groups and schools
Do you want to know why we are tree-planting? Please read Why Plant Trees. If you would like to bring classes of school children to the park to plant tree-seedlings, please contact Liz or phone her on 0121 628 2680 to discuss Tree Planting with Schools If you have already been out with us planting ...

Woodland Play, dates March – May

Woodland Play is running on the following dates, from 1 -3pm except 15th March: MARCH 15th (6 – 8pm) and 22nd APRIL 5th (FREE), 19th, 23rd and 26th MAY 3rd, 24th (FREE) and 28 For more details, view or download our Spring Calendar 2014  

Wassail 2014

On January 19th at our Open Orchard session, we stopped work early for our annual Wassail. A number of visitors met with us at the play area in Highbury Park and helped to decorate themselves with ivy and other greenery. We were a cheerful crowd as we made our way along our Wassail Trail: from ...

How to protect your orchard/woodland from budget cuts and keep it safe, clean, & well-used

You may have read that Birmingham City Council are looking to make deep cuts in parks budgets. We think they have targeted the wrong bits. We have 7 days to persuade them of this, through an email campaign. At short notice like this, the most effective tool we have is a brief, very simple email ...

Farm Track – before & after

Farm Track - before & after
20131103_153919, a photo by highbury orchard community on Flickr. Clearing the old farm track from Queensbridge Road. Today, John & David took various cutting tools up the farm track to open the way. It's been neglected all summer, and now that the berries are gone, it's time to give next year's growth a clear chance, ...

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 ...

About Honey

The 2013 harvest of honey has been put into 1lb and 1/2 lb jars and is sitting in Liz's living room, ready to sell. We are at Kings Heath farmers market on 1st Saturdays of the month from 10:00am. Look out for us at the Business Association community stall. Or contact us on hoccic@gmail.com. More ...

Honey Fun Day – celebrating and caring for bees

Honey Fun Day was our way of celebrating the honey harvest, drawing attention to bees and how we can look after them, and telling people about our Foraging Necklace project (see Our Projects / Foraging Necklace). Honey Fun Day on 28th September drew together a mixture of fun and more serious activities, spreading over different ...

15 September Bulletin – What’s On for Sunday

Just two weeks into September and the August heat wave has been sent packing. So we don't know what to expect for this Sunday. Will it be showers, or a burst of glorious warm weather like today's? It may be time to dust off our well-established habit of saying we'll be there whatever the weather. ...

29 – 31 August Summertastic

We had three wild, wet and wonderful days outdoors in Highbury Park. The usual visitors to the park -  dog walkers and beekeepers mostly - were treated to sights of wild, wet and wonderful children enjoying themselves. On Thursday we were at the stream, playing hide and seek, dam-building and making a raft from reedmace. ...