Spring Clean Acocks Green – Fri 3rd March

‘Heroes Wanted’ is the call from the Great British Spring Clean Campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy.
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Acocks Green Village in Bloom team in collaboration with Archbishop Ilsley School have decided to respond to this call to action and clean up Acocks Green.
Locals are invited to meet on Friday 3rd March at 2pm at the school gates on Victoria Road. Equipment will be provided or if you are a keen litter-picker feel free to bring your own!
The guidance for our entry into Britain in Bloom calls for  groups to enhance and take pride in their environment. Therefore this will sit hand in glove with the Great British Spring Clean.
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Acocks Green Village in Bloom Team

Perhaps  you would like to organise a Clean Up down your street with your neighbours? If you go to the Great British Spring Clean website all the information is there to help and a list of all the clean ups taking place. We can all work together to clean up Acocks Green!
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Oak Meadow Wild Flower Meadow

In collaboration with Acocks Green Village in Bloom,  Birmingham City Council’s parks department have agreed to mix in wildflower seeds with the grass seed that they will be resowing in the springtime on Oak Meadow.  The ground is still too muddy, but once it has warmed up a little the resowing of the site will take place, following the disruptive essential maintenance work by Severn Trent Water.

Also notice on this stretch of the canal new planting courtesy of Canals and Rivers Trust and bird and bat boxes that have been installed by local volunteers working with the Canals Trust. All this improvement work will really enhance the natural environment and wildlife.  Watch this space.

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National Nest Box Week Event

Spring is just around the corner and for the last 19 years a week in February is given the title National Nest Box Week. The project of the British Trust for Ornithology, the idea to encourage people to put up boxes for our feathered friends and monitor their use. Anyone can take part and more information is available on the organisation’s website .nnbw-logo-copyblog4

Our friends from the Canals and Rivers Trust have a supply of handmade bird boxes they have kindly offered to the Neighbourhood Forum to install on adopted stretch of the Grand Union Canal. This Sunday 19th February volunteers are invited to meet at 10am at Vineries Bridge (Woodcock Lane) to help with this project. The Canals & Rivers Trust will be there with all equipment required. Or, why not put up your own nest box and hopefully have a family of birds enjoying the space soon!

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Friends of the AG Parks

Great support from the 260th Scout Group and local residents last Saturday at the Friends of Acocks Green Recreation Ground Litter Pick.

(First Saturday of every month 10-12 noon).If you missed that one this week it’s the turn of Fox Hollies Park this Saturday 11th February. Come along and join the Friends of Fox Hollies Park and get a fix of community spirit. This park is a big space with two playgrounds, a large fishpond, stream, bridges and orchard so its a great chance to explore and get some fresh air whilst doing something useful for our area.
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There is lots more happening at Fox Hollies Park. Check out their latest newsletter HERE

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Oak Meadow Update from Council

Local people who enjoy walking around the area can’t have missed the huge disruption to Oak Meadow Open Space over the last year. This was due to large scale waterworks by Severn Trent. The work, thankfully is now complete, however the re-landscaping of the area has not been completed. Some local dog-walkers have asked the Neighbourhood Forum for an update on the situation at our Public Meeting. We therefore contacted Birmingham City Council’s parks department for an update. See below for the response from them:

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Oak Meadow before the disruptive waterworks

Following a meeting this month with Severn Trent/Amey regarding the site, Parks Manager Mike Hinton had this to say:

‘The situation at  the moment is that the soil is very wet and has puddled in places, and I have asked Amey to stop the work due to the quality of the reinstatement. I have explained what standards/finish I am expecting and I have asked for the Herris fencing not to be removed until I accept the area.

The type of work that still needs to be done includes:

  1. Some minor contouring of the soil and leveling, so that the area can be seeded. Grass seed will not germinate in the current temperatures, so we will have to wait for better weather conditions.
  2. The area where the site compound was, will  have a large amount of stone removed and then it will have top soil spread over the area. Again this will be seeded.
  3. The paths are not complete, because of the wet weather. They will be finished to the correct standard and the fencing will remain in position to protect it.

In terms of time frame for the completion of the work it is entirely weather/temperature dependent and fencing could be in position up until April/May time when the grass is
re-established.

Last week I  had a meeting with a number of residents from the area and Councillor Choudhry to explain what is happening on site as well, so they are well versed with what is happening here.

Any issues please let me know.

Regards

 Mike Hinton M.Hort(RHS)Cert Ed(FE)

District Parks Manager – East Quadrant

Hall Green, Yardley and Hodge Hill

Birmingham City Council

Visit us at www.birmingham.gov.uk/parks

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Oh Yes It Is….!

Stage 27’s pantomime last year was a sell-out success and great fun for all the family. And we are sure that it will be just as good this year with such a dedicated team of local thespians! £6 each or £19 for a Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) – what a bargain. Contact them below by phone. Or go to www.stage27.co.uk
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Public Meeting -Tuesday 24th January

Local residents are invited to our public meeting – all the details here

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