12 Nov Cancelled Winter Working Party November 11, 2016

The weather is looking wet for tomorrow, the first meet for our Winter Working Parties. With regret, tomorrow’s session (on Saturday 12 November 2016) is cancelled. We are sorry for any disapointment caused.

Our next conservation working party will be Saturday 10 December – for more information about what’s involved, visit this page.

Martineau Gardens will be open as usual for Visitors, from 10am until 4pm, admission is free.



Help us win an award! November 8, 2016

Sunlight shining on the Paperbark Maple, in our Winter Garden

Sunlight shining on the Paperbark Maple

Martineau Gardens nominated for Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park Award

We’re delighted to announce that Martineau Gardens has been nominated for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park Award one of our supporters. Now we need public votes to win. Over the last few weeks 214 nominations have been received by Fields in Trust for parks and green spaces that are a much loved part of their local communities. Now it is time to choose the winners  -please do vote for us here:

http://www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/westmidlands

The deadline is Wednesday 9 November – winning this award would really help to raise awareness of Martineau Gardens, so please do press the button!

Martineau Gardens is a beautiful therapeutic community garden and a charity, located two miles from Birmingham City Centre. It’s a green oasis teeming with wildlife and is looked after by volunteers, many of whom have mental health issues and learning disabilities. Hundreds of school children visit the Gardens to learn about science and environmental issues. Every year Birmingham people visit the gardens to explore its woodland, glass houses, formal garden, orchard, demonstration food growing areas, wildflower meadow, pond and wildlife area with SLINC status.

Across the UK nominations include large nature reserves and small community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds, each one a green space valued by the local community. Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites. Martineau Gardens  is one of 214 nominated parks across the UK. The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted and nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground in November where the UK’s Best Park 2016 will be named.

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Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: “We want to celebrate the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them. A good park is reflective of the community it serves, but, as they are not a statutory service for local councils to provide, these much loved places are increasingly under threat of being lost to development.

“Recognising the UK’s Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces; not viewing them just as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep – but seeing what benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events.”

 Fields in Trust legally safeguards over 2,600 parks, playing fields, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the UK – a total of 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres).

Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites. Founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V, the mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone – young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.  www.fieldsintrust.org

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Co-op supports Martineau Gardens September 28, 2016

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We’ve got some great news! Martineau Gardens has been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund. It means that we will get a contribution towards the Therapeutic Horticulture Project. But we need your help. The more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you’re a Co-op Member log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us. If you’re not a member, please join and support us!

Co-ops Local Community Fund – Giving back to local communities

By choosing to buy from Co-op, Co-up members are helping local causes on their doorstep through the Local Community Fund. Every time Co-up members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 1% of their spend goes to a local cause.

Local stores

Co-op Edgbaston   Co-op Moseley  Co-op Jewellery Quarter

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Winter conservation returns September 12, 2016

Working in the woodland at Martineau Gardens

Working in the woodland at Martineau Gardens

Great  exercise that helps our wildlife!  Our Winter Working Parties have returned. This is a chance to work with others in the woodland at Martineau Gardens, on a range of conservation tasks.

Conservation work includes:

  • Coppicing trees and bushes
  • Digging out roots
  • Pruning hedges
  • Clearing  brambles, ivy etc

Stewart Holmes (Therapeutic Horticulturalist, Martineau Gardens) will be leading the sessions, Brian Perry will join him as the volunteer wildlife recorder. Read a report with more details and photos here:

The sessions run on the second Saturday each month 10.30am until 3.30pm, on the following dates:

2016: 12 November (cancelled due to wet weather), 10 December. 2017: 14 January, 11 February  and 11 March.   

 Please note:

1) If you can only do morning or afternoon—that’s fine

2) In the event of severe weather, work parties will be cancelled

3) If you want to join us, there’s no charge, but please book a place in advance at the Office or call us on 0121 440 7430. We will need your contact details in case the party gets cancelled.



Honey Show 3 & 4 Sept August 31, 2016

Come and visit Martineau Gardens this weekend, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September for the return of the Birmingham Honey Show. Find out why honey bees need beekeepers to survive and why bees are important to the environment. Enjoy the crafts and produce associated with this traditional craft, all in the setting of a beautiful garden.

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Organised by Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016, 10am until 4pm, Free entry. Find out more here.

 



We’ve won an award! July 25, 2016

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We’ve won a Green Flag Community Award, this is not the first  time, nor the second time, but actually our seventh time. Green Flags are awarded by the Keep Britain Tidy environmental charity in recognition of lots of important things that go on within parks and green spaces. Many of these tasks are going on behind the scenes, from managing our biodiversity, keeping wildlife records, welcoming visitors to washing up the cups and keeping our paths accessible. As always, this award is actually a tribute to all the volunteers to give up their spare time to help Martineau Gardens thrive. We couldn’t do it with out you!

Here’s a picture of staff and volunteers celebrating the good news by the new cut flower border – brimming over with cornflowers, clarkia and poppies. Also on display, seasonal produce including rhubarb and orange jam , courgettes, beans, onions and garlic.



As You Like It Fri 5 Aug July 19, 2016

Folksy Theatre returns to Martineau Gardens this Summer with two fabulous productions, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ and ‘As You Like It’. Tickets for the Smartest Giant have already sold out, so advance booking for ‘As You Like It’ is recommended.

More details here
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Family MiniBeast Safari Thurs 23 June June 20, 2016

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We’re celebrating National Insect Week with a special event this week. Is your school or nursery closed on Thursday 23 June EU referendum poll day? Escape the election fever for a while and come and enjoy a family minibeast safari at Martineau Gardens. At time of writing, the event is nearly sold out, (though there are slightly more places available on the 1pm session).

Find out more here

Book tickets through this link  for the 1pm session (advance on-line booking only).



Parking for cricket fans Fri 24 June June 1, 2016

Parking for Cricket Fans

Friday 24 June 2016 Cricket:  

Cricket is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens on Friday 24 June.  You can park your car in the Martineau Gardens car park (subject to availability) for a fee (please see signs on site), we have space for 24 cars.

Thank you for choosing to park here.

  • Your fee is helping to support a great cause and local charity.
  • Martineau Gardens is a registered charity and a therapeutic community garden. We run education and therapeutic horticulture projects in the Gardens. The Gardens are here for the people of Birmingham to enjoy peace and tranquillity.
  • To find out more about what happens here, visit this page

Your car is parked at your own risk. The gates will be locked or staffed, and staff will be on site throughout the match. If you wish to collect your car, before the end of the match, please phone 0121 440 7430 when you are outside the Gardens and we’ll unlock the gates.

At the end of play, the gates will be open for half an hour. Our staff will need to go home, so if you arrive later than this, you risk your car being locked in until 9.30am tomorrow morning, or an additional £15 charge.

Enjoy the cricket!

 Visitors to the Gardens

If you’re planning to visit Martineau Gardens on Saturday (we’re closed to the public on Sunday), the car park will be full – we’d love you to come and visit but please leave the car at home, (or arrange to be dropped off) and use public transport. Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are  1, 45, 47, 61, 63, X64. To plan your journey by public transport, visit  www.traveline.info  and use the postcode search – Martineau Gardens postcode is B5 7UG. Alternatively, arrive by bike and bring your bike down to our bike rack, close to the Pavilion.

When you arrive, the gates will be loecked, please phone the office on 0121 440 7430 and we will unlock the gates for you.

 



Wildlife Report just in May 23, 2016

Identifying moths before they are released

Brian Perry our volunteer wildlife recorder, popped in with his latest report. Once a week, he tours the Gardens, recording what he sees. The data is logged at Eco Record . The weather today is cool – today’s report is full of sightings of insects.

Butterflies: Red Admiral; Orange-tip; holly blue; speckled wood;

Bees: white-tailed bu,ble bee; tree bumblebee; buff-tailed bumble bee

Ladybirds: the summer meadow (behind the shipwreck play area) is rewarding for sights of ladybirds – today Brian has seen: one seven spot; two 14 spot (yellow and black) ; orange lady bird and several of the non-native harlequin variety.

Spiders: along the track, small spider with a pale green upperside has been spotted – it’s name is cucumber green spider.

Moths and Beetles: Brian and Andrew Curran regularly carry out moth surveys, using a moth trap. you can find out more about moth-trapping here (no moths are harmed during this nocturnal activity). Brian says, “It’s really too cold at nights for moths, but we did have one visitor recorded: the Flame Shoulder Moth – accompanied by two beetles, the may bug (or cock chafer) and a black sexton beetle.”

Red Campion in the Summer Meadow at Martineau Gardens

Red Campion in the Summer Meadow at Martineau Gardens