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. ...

7th August Woodland Crafts 6

We had a wonderful day on the brickfloor at the Orchard. It was looking at its best in the sunlight. The sound of metal hitting wood rang out as ten youngsters put their hearts and souls into making mallets from the cut branches on our log pile. Tony Tohill gave everyone the confidence needed to ...

How to Make a Bumble Hotel

For each hotel, you will need a 2L pop bottle, washed and dried, 1 metre of twine and about 15 metres of dried bamboo, elder, raspberry, thistle, dock, cow parsley or other hollow stemmed plant, and some sticky tape. A variety of stems will provide different sized crevices for different sized bees and other pollinators ...

28th July Foraging Necklace, Be friendly to bees

With the summer holidays just started and lots of people away, this event turned out to be a spontaneous affair. Families saw my set up on a tarp near the play area and came over out of curiosity. Once a little crowd had gathered, we played a pollinating game which involved being a bee, with ...