For all those who came to Mallard Community Orchard for the Village in Bloom Launch – here is the full visual story of the hard work transforming this derelict site into the beautiful space it is now. Thanks for all the support and thanks to Acocks Green Village in Bloom. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
The Orchard Story – A Slideshow
A sculpture inspired by the work of the Village in Bloom team and the heritage of our area has been installed on the island in the centre of Acocks Green this week. Designed by Bloom volunteer and artist Veronica Treadwell and locally manufactured by W.R. and J. Collins Ltd in Hall Green, the stylised oak tree design makes reference to the ancient Forest of Arden and Mallard Community Orchard. It also features a horse drawn narrowboat and a steam locomotive referencing the history and development of our area in the 19th Century. On top of the sculpture is a stylised flower in full bloom, topped with the word ‘GOLD’ – the accolade received from RHS Britain in Bloom over the last two years.
The New Sculpture in the Sunshine
This has been very much a local community project. It has been supported by our councillors and Birmingham City Council Highways Division with the financing organised by our Acocks Green Village Business Improvement District Manager.
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Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help out on the Canal Clean up on Sunday. There was litter-picking, painting and seed-sowing. Steve and Brian even managed to reach the bag of rubbish that had been hanging in the tree for over a year! Three locals from Shirley Sea Cadets came along in their kayaks and worked really hard fishing out rubbish from the water and far bank. Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected.
Steve and Brian reach up to overhanging rubbish
Will, Helen and Paul in their kayaks
Springtime in Westley Vale
This Sunday, (30th April) Westley Vale Millennium Green are having their Spring Tidy Up. Meet at the gates at 10am to tidy up our local beauty spot. New volunteers to these events are warmly welcomed.
This Sunday (23rd April), volunteers are invited to join the Canal and River Trust to help clean up and tidy the stretch of Grand Union Canal that the Neighbourhood Forum has ‘adopted’.
Meet at the old Vineries Canal Bridge at 10am – Woodcock Lane – All equipment provided.
Its a lovely time of year to get outside and enjoy the birdsong and fresh air. Come along and do something worthwhile and satisfying to improve the local area.
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Something worthwhile to spend the pocket money on!