If you live near Yardley Road and are fed up of litter in the gutters and on the pavements then here is a chance to be pro-active. Meet outside the Great Western Pub at 10am. Volunteers will be given equipment and special bags and can go in different directions to tidy up our local streets, work with friends/neighbours, on your own or meet some other locals with the same mission! Don’t be shy – make a difference!
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After a particularly busy litter-picking session this winter the Village in Bloom Team came up with the idea of working with local schools to organise a Local Anti-Litter Campaign. They put their heads together and decided on the catchy slogan ‘Keep the Green Clean’! One of the volunteers had actually written a song with this title when working with a local school many years ago. (The song will hopefully be making a comeback soon too!). They have also had a pin badge made carrying the slogan which they are giving out to volunteers who help with litter-picking.
The Bloom co-ordinator, Fran, contacted Acocks Green Primary School, Cedars Academy and Robin Hood Academy and the children produced an array of delightful posters which were inspiring, colourful and creative. Thanks to the schools and 115 children who took part. It has really highlighted the importance of keeping your neighbourhood clean for the sake of the environment and to show respect and pride in our area. Here is a selection of posters from all three schools:
This poster campaign launches our local contribution to the Great British Spring Clean which is a national campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy. There will be local litter-picks in our area which everyone is invited to join in with. More information to follow shortly. If you want to be an individual Local Litter Champion we can supply a litter-picking stick and stock of council grey bags just Contact Us.
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The weather looked off putting on Sunday for the scheduled clean up on the Grand Union canal, but it dried up and we had a great turn out of around 10 people come along. We pulled out rubbish from the canal, including a shopping trolley (of course), a strimmer and other debris. Lots of litter was cleared from reachable areas of the canal and from the tow path.
We now need to educate local people about keeping our area clean, not dropping litter, not dumping rubbish over their garden fence and not thinking out-of-sight, out-of-mind. It is quite possible that the litter dumped in the canal in Acocks Green could end up in our oceans, polluting our environment for years and years to come.
Thanks for the support from the Canals and Rivers Trust. They supplied us with some native primroses and campion. They also brought all the equipment we needed. We swept up lots of dead leaves and made a real difference, thanks to everyone who turned up to help tidy our stretch.
Come down for an hour or so and do something useful!
The Neighbourhood Forum has had many people contact us via the website and at our Public Meetings with their concerns about speeding cars on their nearby roads. It can be a real safety concern and alarming to see, also loud racing cars at night can disturb people’s sleep.
There is now a form on the Birmingham City Council website where you can report such issues – the council may then pass the information to the police. We can all play a part in trying to improve our neighbourhood :
Speeding Concerns Report Form
There’s a whole of host of activities each week at Fox Hollies Forum on Greenwood Avenue, including a luncheon club, knitting club, Line Dancing and starting this year – Carpet Bowls. Check out their Facebook page for up to date information. The latest plan is to start a Men’s Shed.. something new and different for AG. There is an established group in Kings Heath.. so it would be great to start one here. For more information about the successful Men’s Shed movement check out their website. And if you are interested spread the word and go along to the meeting on the 21st January.