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 ...

Woodland Play Family Feedback

Woodland Play Family Feedback
Woodland Play has been running nearly one year - we've had such fun and met lots of wonderful people along the way. Over the year, we have had over 200 visits from children. Some of you have come back again and again. This is exactly what we hoped for - to see people being active ...

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 ...

Links

Our mission at Highbury Orchard Community is to connect people and land, while caring for both. So we are always on the look out for other organisations that have a very similar purpose. We encourage you to explore their slant on things to do with nature too. Liz's favourites that connect children and nature: Project ...

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 ...