Battle against Litter in Acocks Green

All around Acocks Green people are working together to improve the area by cleaning it up. Acocks Green Recreation Ground have a monthly litter pick in the park (first Saturday of the month – 10am), Fox Hollies Park also hold regular litter-picks (this Saturday) and Village in Bloom have been working with Archbishop Ilsleys Yr 7 children to tidy up around the village. Bloom volunteers have also been cleaning up the waste ground on Yardley Road and trying to find out who actually owns this piece of land. New volunteers are always welcome at these events.

Why not talk to your neighbours about cleaning up an area that matters to you? Just a couple of hours a month can make a real difference. Also encourage your friends and family  to dispose of their litter appropriately. Prevention is better than cure!

Birmingham City Council will support community litter picks by supplying equipment and organising rubbish to be taken away. Email them at: wasteprevention@birmingham.gov.uk

 

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Trees for Life in Acocks Green

Saturday 11 March 2017 we will be planting 500 trees with Birmingham Trees for Life and 260th Birmingham Scouts, please see below, so if you can spare and hour or so to come and join us it would be great to see you.

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This planting was requested by the Friends of Acocks Green Recreation Ground (Westley Road) and will involve the local Scouts and the Friends of AGRG.

logo-trees-for-life-lsp-greenThe sapling trees for this event have been funded by the Woodland Trust, as part of their new partnership with the Trust as they expand their areas of work in to urban areas. They will be planting 500 sapling trees to form a hedgerow, plus 10 fruit trees to create a community orchard, which BTFL has funded. The hedgerow will provide foraging opportunities for fruit such as berries. Local people are invited to come along and help with this positive environmental project.
The event will commence at 10.30 am and will be completed by around 12 noon.

 

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Spring Clean Acocks Green Recreation Park

Thanks to those’Heroes Wanted’ is the call from the Great British Spring Clean Campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy.
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 Meet at the Recreation Ground at 10am for the monthly litter-pick. All equipment provided for their First Saturday of the month Clean Up. New volunteers warmly welcomed.
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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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