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 ...

July: Elderflowers and Limetree flowers

July is an abundant month for flowers. This year the ELDERFLOWER has done very well in Highbury Park. Right now, it is at it's best. Pick now in the sunshine, or wait till next year. See our tried and tested recipe. The LIMETREE FLOWERS are abundant right across Birmingham and should also be blossoming about ...

Fathers Day Woodland Survival Fun 2

Fathers Day Woodland Survival Fun
Our first Big Lottery funded forest education session celebrated Fathers Day with a woodland survival theme. It was fully booked and got us off to a great start. Children, their dads and a few mums too were told they had braved the high seas, been shipwrecked along with their sails and a few pieces of ...

16 June Open Work Session 1

16 June Open Work Session
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Foraging Necklace for Bees

Why do we need to help the bees? Bees and other pollinating insects are essential to the plant life cycle as they help the flower produce its seed and propagate itself for years to come. They are also essential to the food chain of many animals including people, by being instrumental in producing tasty and ...

Nettle Soup 1

Nettle Soup Use only the young green tips of the nettle stems. The best ones will be found in March/April, when the stems are still very short and the whole length can be harvested. Always avoid old leaves (which incidentally make an excellent compost).  Use rubber gloves when harvesting, to avoid nettle rash. [Normal foraging ...

How it Went – April 7 Work Session

Today went well, very nicely, and there was even cake! Well, cupcakes... It was great to see Jo, Lewis and nan, plus Linda, Olivia, and several others who stopped by for a chat or a spell of play and explorations. Thanks very much to Sharif, Jan, Roland, Andy, Pete, Iain, Ian, Ellen, and the rest ...

A victory of digging

You could say that some back-breaking work went into this line of rubble, but nobody broke a back. So let's call it ground-breaking instead. Iain and Ian did an impressive job of levering out most of this concrete and brick in a 3 hour session. Getting the rubble out of the soil has been a ...

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Would you like to know how to prune an ancient and delicate apple tree to improve its flowering, fruiting and overall health? If so, please consider signing up for our training session, 2-4 PM next Sunday, March 3rd, under the expert instruction of Robert 'Oz' Osmond. This is a lovely opportunity to give the old ...

A Foraging Necklace for Bees

A Foraging Necklace for Bees
Highbury has been a haven for honeybees for 50 years or more as beekeepers have been sharing their skills here all that time. We have an opportunity to help the bees stay fit and healthy by creating a Bee Haven in the park. The foraging necklace for bees will consist of several separate stands of ...