Due to the lockdowns of recent times, many of us have been getting to know our local area a little better. Have you got some good photos of Acocks Green area through the seasons? Check your phones and submit any you think would be good for possible inclusion. All details below..
Also one of the areas regularly enjoyed by locals is the Westley Vale Millennium Green – the trustees are organising a tidy up at the end of the month and anyone interested is invited to come along and help!
Each year the gardening volunteers in the village work hard to make Acocks Green look its best. They want the local community centre to look good for everyone who lives and works here. Each year Acocks Green Village is also entered into the Urban Category of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Nationwide ‘In Bloom’ gardening campaign.
Last year, because of Covid, there was no Village in Bloom, although the volunteers, led so well by co-ordinator Fran Lee, continued to keep on top of the gardening activities where possible, given the restrictions.
This year the event was resumed, but rather than the judges coming around in person to inspect the village, a portfolio of all the work that has taken place over the last year or so was put together to show the great work the team achieve. In the last week the news came through that the judges awarded the Village the top achievement for the 6th year – GOLD!
Here is a quote from the judges detailed marketing sheet:
A very well done for maintaining Gold standard despite the challenges of the pandemic! Fran and the Village in Bloom team are not afraid of a challenge or a little hard work.
View the Village in Bloom 2021 portfolio as a PDF document by clicking the image below:
Congratulations to all the volunteers, and thank you for making the village look so colourful and attractive. You can follow all the work that the team have done over the years on the Village in Bloom page.
The team will be looking for people to help plant bulbs in the autumn, so If you would like to become a regular volunteer or just help out from time-to-time, then contact Fran Lee (contact details on the Village in Bloom page)
Locals may have noticed some pretty major work going on down at our Westley Vale Millennium Green. The Trustees of Westley Vale have been in touch to explain:
After fourteen months from our first application, we were fortunate to secure funding from Severn Trent Community Fund to create a reed bed on our Millennium Green. With wetland plants along the length of the stream between the two bridges, and wild flower mix to the surrounding area, the reed bed will not only provide a filter system for the heavily polluted Westley Brook, but will also attract a wide variety of wild life to the area.
The work took five days to complete, with a digger and dumper truck on site for two and a half days, then general tiding up until day five when we were all able to get involved in the best bit of sewing the seeds!
Two weeks on and the green shoots are beginning to show – how exciting is that! Although the work on the site was quite startling, the end result will be well worth the wait. What started as an area of disused scrubland, has opened up the stream where the water quality has already improved and we will have a wonderful reed bed which is already attracting a variety of wildlife.
The Brook runs onwards to the Grand Union Canal, is heavily polluted and suffers from domestic miss-connections that were becoming a potential health hazard. The installation of the new reed filtration system was created to greatly reduce the pollutants entering the brook and the canal as it will help improve the water quality and flow. he installation of brushwood bundles along some of its course and a re-designed meandering course for the brook will also help alleviate flood water in times of high flow.
We hope the resultant improvement to the water quality will help increase the number of aquatic invertebrates which in turn will also attract a greater diversity of wildlife like birds, butterflies, frog and newts. We have already seen evidence of Mayfly larvae in the brook which proves that after only a few days the quality of the water is improving.
The reed bed filtration system is made up of Common Reeds, Reed Mace, and wildflowers have been sown along the banks of the brook which will hopefully become an attractive visual amenity for local visitors to enjoy.
With thanks to Severn Trent, Robert Martyr Project Manager, Lee Copplestone from Waterside Care and Rosemary Pettigrew, Trustee, who was successful in the fundraising.
Calling all locals..you are invited to a Public Meeting to find out more about what is happening in the area. Just click on the link at the correct time.
We will be joined by Chris Poolman from Arts Organisation General Public.
In 2022 Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games. As part of this, there will be a fantastic cultural programme that will occur across the city. Arts organisation General Public have been undertaking a feasibility study in Acocks Green to explore the potential of projects that might feature as part of the Commonwealth Games 2022 cultural programme. They have nearly finished their report for the council and are keen to share some of their findings at the Neighbourhood Forum meeting. They will also be able to signpost how local groups might be able to access funding for local Commonwealth games arts projects.
Over lockdown many of us have been exploring our local neighbourhood a lot more and enjoyed our local greenery. As the temperatures rise and rain becomes more scarce it is important to think about the trees in our neighbourhood. Each year young trees die due to lack of water, so check out your local neighbourhood trees and if the weather is dry then please give them some water.. trees help the environment but also make our roads more attractive. We want Acocks Green to remain a leafy suburb!
Everyone in the area is invited to attend this Public Meeting where we will be joined by the head of Birmingham City Council. Click on the image below at the allotted time to connect to the zoom meeting.