Well done to the dedicated team of volunteers who have worked hard all year to make the village look lovely with freshly sanded and varnished benches, colourful planters, community projects, amazing flower beds and so much more. The judges were again impressed by the variety of improvements and community engagements the team had achieved. This is an excerpt from the RHS judges comments:
The team do an outstanding job with tremendous support from local residents, schools, businesses (large and small!) Community groups and Birmingham City Council. With events and initiatives throughout the year the Bloom campaign makes a real difference with everyone pulling together to brighten up the Village.
Receiving Clean Up equipment from Bham City Council
Pruning and tidying in Mallard Orchard
Litter-picking with locals
Local resident Jeff has transformed this corner with the support of Bloom Team
The Triabout’s raised bed and surround
Mick and George laying cobblestones
Painstaking path details.
Just a few photos that highlight some of the work achieved over the summer. Hover over the photos to read more about the work.
So WELL DONE once again to our volunteers. If you are interested in helping Village in Bloom in someway there are lots of ways to do this from digging, making donations, painting, litter-picking, watering and tidying up beds/planters. To find out more come along and chat to us or contact the co-ordinator :
Fran Lee: – email@example.com or 0121 706 0076
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Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum set up a collaboration with Canals and Rivers Trust to adopt a stretch of canal back in 2016. A group of volunteers meet up a few times of year to clean and tidy the canal, picking up litter, cutting back branches, fishing dumped junk out of the water. Anyone who would like to come and help is welcome. We would really like to find someone who had a dingy or canoe to come down and help fish rubbish out of the canal too! New people are always welcome.
Come along and support Acocks Green Village in Bloom. There will be plant sales, bric-a-brac, a raffle, local Acocks Green honey to buy, free seed-sowing with children and gardening advice. A chance to meet some of the team that work hard to improve Acocks Green. You can find out more about their work.
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Following the sell-out success of previous Acocks Green calendars we are thinking ahead and putting a call-out for your best landscape photos taken of our area in the last couple of years. We have had some great contributions from local people and we are hoping to for a high calibre again.
Just a reminder of some of the lovely photos used in this calendar from three different contributors:
photo: Amjad Hamid
photo: Mike Nash
photo: Helen Roberts
Last year’s calendar raised several hundred pounds that went towards funding some of the colourful planting around Acocks Green, so the money raised goes straight back to the benefit of our village.
The photos should be landscape, high quality at least 8 megapixels (3000 pixels wide & 2000 pixels high). The photos should be identifiable as Acocks Green and it is good to see the different seasons and aspects of our area.
Closing date for submissions in 30th September. You need to email the photos to AGNForum@hotmail.co.uk. You can submit as many photos as you like. Have a look through your photo files or get snapping !
Birmingham City Council have recently been equipping community groups with litter-picking tools, and so volunteers from Acocks Green Village in Bloom took advantage of the offer. Ashley Atterbury the Assistant Service Manager from the Fleet & Waste at Montgomery Street came out to deliver the tools recently including litter-picking sticks, a first aid kit, broom and bag hoops. More ways to keep the Village looking clean and tidy.
The team’s new equpment being delivered by Ashley
Monica and children
Valeria and children
A couple of local families got in touch with Fran the Village in Bloom co-Ordinator about being Litter Champions and so Fran has supplied them with equipment to keep their streets clean. Its great to see young people getting involved in their local community and setting such a good example. If you would like to be a litter-picking champion or want to help Village in Bloom in other ways then do get in touch via this website or with Fran directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Encourage the kids to read books during the schools holidays with the Summer Reading Challenge: – to read ANY 6 books before they go back to school in September. There’s little rewards along to the way to motivate them and this year’s theme is called
Space Chase! It’s free to enter and you can just turn up to sign up. More information HERE or at your local library. All libraries offer the Summer Reading Challenge and most have some activities during the holidays. See below events at Acocks Green Library.
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Another weekend of community spirit. On Saturday Acocks Green Village in Bloom were at Stockfield Funday encouraging children and adults to try a little gardening, with pick and mix planters, a plant swap and seed-sowing with children. Anyone who sowed seeds on Saturday – we would love to see the results when they start to grow! Just get in touch.
On Sunday Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum Canal Group were working with Canals and Rivers Trust to clean up our adopted stretch of the canal. We did our usual litter-picking, cutting branches back, pulling out rubbish from the canal and the Canals Trust had given us lots of lovely native ferns so we planted them around the embankments. We also had some new volunteers who enjoyed putting something back in the community. Thank you to everyone who came along. There were around 14 of us altogether and we collected around 20 bags of rubbish.
We saw lots of boats, bikes and joggers. There is a really friendly feel along the canal on a Sunday morning, we are lucky to have this historic waterway in our area.
New helpers get stuck in!
John removing graffiti
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