A Good Morning’s Work beside the Canal.

Thanks to the 9 volunteers who turned up on a sunny Sunday morning to improve the Canal around Vineries Bridge. Lots of litter was collected, railings rubbed down and painted and weeding done.

Steve, the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, brought along his power tools and spent time cutting back overhanging branches. The towpath looked a lot more tidy after 2 hours work. The next working session will be in October. If you make use of the canal and want to help improve it then get in touch to go on the mailing list for updates on our sessions.

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Clean Up and Tidy Morning on the Grand Union Canal – This Sunday

We are lucky here in Acocks Green to have a stretch of the Grand Union Canal enhancing our local environment. The canal adds to the local heritage and offers humans and wildlife an oasis of calm. With the added greenery of Westley Vale Millennium Green beside the canal, you can easily forget you are in Birmingham at all!

Our Oasis of Calmness

Tranquility beside the Grand Union

This Sunday we are having our third working morning with the Canals and Rivers Trust as part of the ‘Adopt a Stretch of Canal’ event and all locals are welcome to come along and help. Jobs include litter picking, cutting back branches and painting railings.

All locals are most welcome to come along and help improve our waterway for ourselves and the wildlife. All equipment is provided, just wear sensible shoes.

Meet at the old Vineries Bridge on Woodcock Lane at 10am – See you there!

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Summer Reading Challenge – Record Breakers!

Birmingham Libraries have launched the latest Summer Reading Challenge for children to take part in during the school holidays.  The challenge is to read 6 books during their school break and to write a short review of each book, did you love it? Did it scare you? Was it interesting? There will be small rewards along the way and Acocks Green Library will have a disco for all those children who complete the challenge at the end of the summer. So why not go along to the library and sign up to the Challenge and start a summer of reading enjoyment?

The theme of the Challenge this year is Record Breakers.


There are lots of other free activities happening in Acocks Green Library too during the holidays, including Craft Sessions, Story Time and a Sci Fi Day on 1st August. Call in for more details or give them a ring.

Contact and Opening Times of Acocks Green Library

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Get Active in Fox Hollies Park – Starts This Week

foxhollies pop up

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Family Funday at Stockfield Park – This Saturday


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Acocks Green Carnival – this Saturday – 4th July

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum will be represented at this year’s Carnival with a stall selling a variety of plants, some unusual ones too – from herbs and chilli peppers to colourful annuals, all at bargain prices, not the usual garden centre rates. There will be LOTS of stalls from local organisations selling a variety of bric-a-brac, treats and much more. Come along and support your local community and find out about some of the local groups in the area and enjoy the entertainment.


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Smarter Route – New Planters and Trees

The Bloom team has been advised that before the end of June, the council will be placing twenty rectangular containers on the new paving. These will be the same as the one by Burtons.

One of the existing colourful planters with flowers from Jeffries

One of the existing colourful planters with flowers from Jeffries

Seventeen new street trees will be planted in the Autumn and due to a large underground gas pipe, the council is placing 10 large square planters on the pavement with trees and shrubs for all year round interest.

Acocks Green is being judged by the Royal Horticultural Society on Wednesday 8th July in the Britain in Bloom campaign, so if you can help us to meet the deadline with all types of last minute jobs please contact the Village in Bloom Team, watering, weeding, litter-picking and planting, every little bit can help the campaign.

Co-ordinator Fran Lee on 0121 706 0076 or e mail: fran.lee47@yahoo.co.uk.

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