Acocks Green Calendar 2022

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos to next year’s exclusive calendar. There were so many nice shots to choose from.

Acocks Green Village Partnership are pleased to say that the exclusive calendar is now available in the shops – Jeffries Hardware, S & H Jewellers and Beads and Bobbins. They cost £6.50 and all profits go back to Acocks Green Village. Get them while you can!

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Spring Bulb Planting – Sunday 21st November

Even if you’ve never done any gardening before, you can still come and help plant bulbs. Its straightforward work but there’s over 1000 bulbs to plant to brighten up the village in the springtime. So come and lend a hand – many hands make light work!

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Be in the Heart of It!

The British Heart Foundation Shop in Acocks Green is on the lookout for some new volunteers to join their team.

  • Would you like to gain new skills?
  • Would you like to make new friends?
  • Are you looking to gain more experience in retail?
Join The Team in Acocks Green

Look no further then volunteering for the British heart foundation furniture store in Acocks Green.We are looking for warehouse, shop floor and admin volunteers! If you are interested then please pop into store and speak to us or call on 0121 222 1360

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Essential Tree Maintenance at Westley Vale

The Trustees of Westley Vale Millennium Green have been advised that five of the large Crack Willow trees along the Westley Brook need to be cut down to the ground for safety reasons. There has already been several large branches come down, as by their nature, the trees crack. This could obviously be dangerous for passing walkers or those enjoying the free Tai Chi class.

Crack Willow to be cut down

The tree surgeons will be coming to the Millennium Green on Wednesday 3rd November, so there will be some restrictions as to where you can walk whilst the work is going on.

The trees will shoot again from the trunks, but Westley Vale will look quite different to those walking though the site at the end of the week.

Don’t forget there is free one hour Tai Chi classes to enjoy Mondays (3.15pm) and Thursdays (10am). Just turn up. Beginners are always welcome.

Free Tai Chi twice a week at Westley Vale
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Photographs for Calendar

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!

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Public Meeting – Tuesday 28th Sept

Click on link to join meeting : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82049171764

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Village in Bloom Awarded Gold Again!

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.

Attending the Springtime Beds

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)

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Improvements to Westley Brook down at the Vale

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.

Improvements completed : Project Manager Rob Martyr with Trustees – Rosemary, Veronica and Julia

With thanks to Severn Trent, Robert Martyr Project Manager, Lee Copplestone from Waterside Care and Rosemary Pettigrew, Trustee, who was successful in the fundraising.

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School’s Out

Summer Holidays and some great kids activities at Fox Hollies Forum. And don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge at our local Libraries. Keep the kids active and keep them reading!

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Free Tai Chi at Westley Vale – Twice a Week

Come along for free gentle out door exercise. One hour session. New to Tai Chi? This is perfect for beginners too.

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