Young Trees need Water around AG

Think about the road you live on. Are there young trees that have been planted in the last year or two?

We have been enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, but we haven’t had much rain. All around Acocks Green and our city there are young street trees that are not getting enough water. Their roots have not had time to develop as much as the mature trees so they can easily die just because they don’t have enough water.

Trees are generally planted with a tube next to them in the ground so if the water goes down the tube it goes directly to the roots. You can’t do any harm by watering them, they will not get over-watered, but you could be a LIFE SAVER.

The trees in Acocks Green Village in the large containers on Warwick Road also need water in this dry weather. Do you want Acocks Green to stay GREEN? If you live near a young tree please water it ASAP.  Trees enhance roads and add value to properties. Birmingham is bidding to be a World Tree City – let’s show the world we love our trees.

Thanks to Taija for the photos. I know she is looking after the trees near her.


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Emerging from Lockdown in AG

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum is a group of local volunteer residents who work with the council and organisations to for the good of the area. Normally we organise Public Meetings and a regular newsletter, but because of Covid-19 like so many other events, these have had to be temporarily cancelled.

However the Executive Committee have been meeting on Zoom and keeping in touch with activities and developments. So many people have pulled together and adapted in  many ways to support people in the community who have needed help. Neighbours have got to know each other a little more and lots of people have discovered their neighbourhood a little better. Westley Vale Millennium Green has never been so busy on a summer evening, with people discovering this haven on their daily exercise. The quiet streets made the spring birdsong even more noticeable and uplifting.


Our Peaceful Place – Westley Vale Millennium Green

One local resident got up at the crack of dawn to record the Dawn Chorus at the Millennium Green. Here it an audio recording for you to enjoy:

Dawn Chorus at Westley Vale Millennium Green

The local shops have been such a useful resource to people who don’t want to venture into the bigger, busier shops. Also so many people locally work for the NHS or in a caring capacity and have gone beyond the call of duty in so many ways to support people through this pandemic.

As a community we need to continue to build on the positive connections we have made and find strength in our links with others.

If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Forum and tell us something positive that has been a result of the lockdown then please get in touch and perhaps we can share some of your stories.  Use the Contact Us link. Or if you wish to contact us on any other matter we will endeavour to respond.



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Zoom Meeting – Central and Eastern European Acocks Green Forum

An opportunity to attend an online forum next week for the Eastern European community in Acocks Green. Get in touch with Centrala

All the information below:

Central and Eastern European Acocks Green Forum

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Village in Bloom Need Your Help

On Sunday a team of volunteers planted up the majority of the 22 planters in Acocks Green village with a colourful array of bedding plants. Working individually (and keeping our social distance) a team of 7 worked tirelessly to put in the plants. In the afternoon Fran and Ged gave them a first good watering.

Fran watering the bedding plant in

Fran waters the bedding plants

Do you live or work near one of these planters on Warwick Road? Could you ‘adopt’ one over the summer and water it every other day when it doesn’t rain significantly? Village in Bloom can supply a watering can if required.


Without help from the community, the regular watering of the 22 planters is a huge task with our volunteers carrying or pushing large tanks of water through the village. But if we can get lots of local people to help out, the task becomes a lot easier. If you can help you will be contributing to keeping Acocks Green looking colourful and floral throughout  the summer.

Map of Planters in Acocks Green

Map of Planters in Acocks Green Village

If you would like to help please contact us by responding in the comments here or emailing the co-ordinator Fran Lee :

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Growing up in Acocks Green Brought to Life in New Book – Broken Greek

Pete Paphides is a successful music journalist who grew up in Acocks Green. Over the years Pete has written for music papers, Time Out and The Times. He has interviewed many well known musicians including Prince and ABBA and now he has written a memoir about his childhood growing up in and around Acocks Green intertwined with his fascination with pop music and musicians of the 1970s and 80s. Broken Greek came out in March and is now a best seller.

Many people who live in our area will remember Pete’s parents, Greek Cypriots – Victoria and Chris. They ran two popular chip shops in Acocks Green – The Great Western opposite the Police Station (now Big Johns) and the Kingfisher (now Lincoln Fish Bar) on Lincoln Road.  Pete went to Cottesbrooke Infants and Junior school and then on to Yardleys.

From Monday 4th May you can hear Pete reading from Broken Greek on Book of the Week on Radio 4 (9.45am). You will also be able to catch it on the BBC Sounds App.

pete image

In the book he talks a lot about little details of life growing up in suburban Birmingham, including school life, journeys on the no.11 bus and going to Preedys, Easy Listening and Woolworths to spend his pocket money on precious singles. He also reflects on being the child of immigrants and searching for his own identity through his love of British pop music.




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Colourful Springtime in Acocks Green

Back in November the Village in Bloom Team, along with other volunteers, took part in a community bulb planting morning. Little did we know then what the future would hold. But amidst the upsetting turn of events and change of life as we know it.. the tulips and spring flowers have come through and lift the spirit of people passing through and walking through the village.
The completed Triabout with its colourful shrubbery and circular raised bed is a mass of colour with the beautiful variety of tulips. And last month daffodils brightened up the entrance into Birmingham.
Triabout Tulips

The orchard with its mass of forget-me-nots and herb bed looks great
punctuated by the bright colours of tulips.



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Support During Covid-19 Lockdown

During this difficult and worrying time it is heartening to hear and see that so many people have come forward to help and support people who need it.  The news is full of the stories of great sacrifice and hard work given by our key workers that keep our city going with vital services as well as health service staff who are doing amazing work
every day.

Locally there is a co-ordinated effort to support people who may need practical help. Or for those who are interested in volunteering to help:
The best way to contact them is by email: or
call or text 07570 240716
You can call or leave a message for our Local Councillor Roger Harmer – 0121 451 3292
You may find other useful information on the Birmingham Voluntary Services Website
and of course the Government website.

There is lots of ways to keep entertained online whilst self-isolating including theatre productions, storytimes, and keep fit activities.  A great place to look is the Active Wellbeing Society 
And if you are lucky enough to have a garden or local green space and you can observe the strict social distancing rules then getting fresh air and exercise will definitely lift your spirits. REMEMBER KEEP 2 METRES FROM ANYONE YOU ENCOUNTER WHILST WALKING, FOR EVERYONE’S SAKE!


Westley Vale Millennium Green, Acocks Green

For daily stories and activities for children check out:
South Yardley Library’s Facebook Page

Remember keep your distance, keep safe and let’s all support each other through this!











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Making a Difference Locally

Considering the difficult situation we are all in – here is something to do with spare time to help our local community, whilst getting fresh air and exercise.  Make sure that you abide strictly by the social distancing advice at all times – keeping a minimum of 2 metres from anyone that you encounter. community litter champion AG .


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Another Bloomin’ Good Night 2020

Saturday 7th March saw a sell-out evening at the Westley Hotel. Locals gathered together to support the work of Acocks Green Village in Bloom. Guests enjoyed a quiz, buffet, slideshow and live music from the talented band – Canoe. There was a huge raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses and shops. Thanks to everyone who donated money, prizes, time and effort to make the evening go with a swing. For those interested – below is one of the quiz rounds – how many birds do you know? (All spotted in Acocks Green).

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Drumming Together

Make a noise in the library, feel the beat and get into the rhythm.. it’s amazing what goes on at libraries these days! Book a place today.DTB-workshops-yardle_-web

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