Unusual moth spotted November 13, 2015

Red Sword-grass Moth ac Nov 2015

Once again, our wildlife volunteer surveyor Andrew Curran has spotted a moth unusual for this area of Britain. Resembling a twig, this is the Red Sword-grass moth (Xylena vetusta). The moth was recorded on the most recent moth session earlier this month. We understand this is a scarce visitor to the Midlands and is a new moth for our moth species record. Find out more about this moth here:

http://ukmoths.org.uk/species/xylena-vetusta/

 

 

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In summer we reported this beautiful moth – the Scarlet Tiger, and a new species to add to our list of wildlife. It’s also rare to see this moth in the midlands, find out more about this and its part as a possible climate change indicator here, with this article by MothsCount: http://bit.ly/1IrvfLs

 

 

 

Andrew with Brian Perry, regularly carry out moth trappings throughout the year, here at Martineau Gardens. Our moth trap is a light-box contained within wood – it’s put out in the evening, the light attracts the moths and a few fly in. The box is filled with cardboard egg boxes providing dark nooks ad crannies where moths can hide. The moths settle. The next morning, our willdlife surveyors inspect the egg trays, and the moths are released unharmed.

Wildlife volunteers surveying moths in summer at Martineau Gardens

Wildlife volunteers surveying moths in summer at Martineau Gardens

Identifying moth before it is released at Martineau Gardens

Identifying moth before it is released at Martineau Gardens

Yellow brimstone moth, recorded one summer

Yellow brimstone moth, recorded one summer

 



Winter conservation returns November 6, 2015

Working in the woodland at Martineau Gardens

Working in the woodland at Martineau Gardens

Great  exercise that helps our wildlife! Saturday 14 November  marks the return of our Winter Working Parties. 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:

2015: 14 November, 12 December. 2016: 9 January, 13 February  and 12 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.



Halloween Events at Martineau Gardens October 28, 2015

 Visiting Martineau Gardens on Saturday 31 October:

Tickets for Halloween Story Night are no longer available, the event is sold out and there will be no tickets available on the gate, however there are a few tickets available for the  afternoon Sugar Skulls workshop, read on for more details.

SugarSkulls

The Gardens will be open as follows:

10am until 4pm   The Gardens will be open as usual for visits, hot and cold drinks will be served for which donations are welcomed.   Free entry

From 3pm until 5pm, Sugar Skulls Workshops for children. Members of the Mexican Community in the Midlands are running a ‘Day of the Dead’ activity to share the tradition with you. See the altar that will be set up at Martineau Gardens keeping one of Mexico’s most ancient traditions alive here in the Heart of England. Come and decorate a sugar skull, you can eat them or place them on the  altar as a decoration. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. There are more details on the event page here and a link to the on-line box office at wegottickets.com :  £2 per child 

From 6pm until 9pm the Traditional Arts Team bring Halloween Storytelling to Martineau Gardens. This evening event is now sold out and there will be no tickets available on the gate. See Halloween Storytelling webpage for full details

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Mike’s Big Run for Martineau September 25, 2015

Fundraising picture 

Sponsor Mike online: https://localgiving.com/fundraising/mike-martineau

Update 21 October 2015 : Mike’sdone it!!! Three massive cheers – it’s still not to late to sponsor him, in fact your generosity will make all that hard work worth it! If you donate via Mike’s online page (at Local Giving, via the big link above), the first £10 of your donation will be match funded and (if eligible) gift-aid added – but, don’t delay, the match pot fund will only last a short while!

Mike Ponton, son-in-law of Trustee Glenys Thomas is running for Martineau Gardens in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 18 October, 2015. This is the first time that Mike has run to fundraise, having run many other full and half marathons ‘just for ‘fun’. Previous runs have been Stratford Upon Avon, Reading, South Downs, Windsor and Paris. His best half marathon time is 1hr 55 and although he is not expecting to match that, he is looking forward to running the streets of Birmingham for the first time.

Mike is married to Katie Glenys’ daughter and had heard all about the Martineau and their family’s enthusiam for it, long before his first visit. Glenys’ commitment to and love of the gardens has spread to the rest of their family.

Mike,52, works as a Systems analyst for cargo airline software so running is a good way for him to get away from an office environment

Why is he doing this?

“I am very interested in mental health issues and the welfare of people and protecting green spaces within city centres, so Martineau Gardens is an especially good project to support. I have heard from Glenys what a wonderful job the gardens offer, giving people a focus. It is so important for people to feel that they are needed and valued in society. It is also a beautiful place that gives many people a chance to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity as well as to see the wonderful plants, woodland and gardens when they visit.”

Sunlight shining on the Paperbark Maple

  How You Can Sponsor Mike

1) By donating online through LocalGiving which is totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Martineau Gardens and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. To donate on-line, please go to Mike’s fundraising page: https://localgiving.com/fundraising/mike-martineau

2) By posting a cheque to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

(Please make cheques payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’)

Martineau Gardens is participating in ‘Grow Your Tenner’ with LocalGiving, which launches on 13 October at 10am. This is a brilliant opportunity for Mike’s efforts to raise even more money for Martineau Gardens, for every donation that is made on-line after 10am on Tuesday 13 October, LocalGiving  will match fund this, up to £10. To find out more about how your on-line donations can be match funded, click here. 

If you would like to know more about how Martineau Gardens helps vulnerable people and others, watch our film: http://www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/about-us/what-is-a-community-garden/

 Your support would make such a difference

Mike was also joined by Peter Arnold, Trustee for the Gardens – who also ran on Sunday – find out more here



Autumn Event Celebrates Mollie, Ming and Jo Malone London Sun 27 Sept September 22, 2015

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Our Autumn Event will have celebration at the centre of its festivities. Martineau Gardens (Edgbaston, Birmingham UK) will be celebrating community spirit, the autumn harvest and healthy, outdoor eating at our special event on Sunday 27 September (11am – 3pm).  Mollie Martineau (1-9-1926 to 15-8-2015), Patron for Martineau Gardens has died peacefully.  Community garden staff, volunteers and supporters will be remembering her with affection. Ming de Nasty will be launching her latest photography project ‘Sufficient’ and inviting events goers to take part. The outdoor kitchen at Martineau Gardens will be officially opened with a bake-off around the earth-oven thanks to a donation of £7,000 by community minded staff at fragrance house Jo Malone London.

Mollie Martineau’s support for Martineau Gardens will be marked by a speech at 12.30. Martineau Gardens owes its name to the Martineau Family.  Five generations of Martineaus contributed to Birmingham civic life by sitting as councillors and becoming Mayor.

Photographer Ming de Nasty is inviting growers and urban farmers to have their portrait taken with things they have grown or produced; be it a prize winning cabbage or an unusual shaped carrot.  ‘Sufficient’ is a year long photographic project, exploring people in the city who grow and produce. These images will be used to create an outdoor display at Martineau Gardens in spring 2016. This opportunity is free and participants get a free photograph on the day.

Martineau Gardens aims to inspire a move away from fast-food, by making healthy eating and food preparation fun. A newly renovated outdoor kitchen, built by volunteers, using wood from the Gardens and paid for by a generous donation from  staff at Jo Malone London, is making that more possible. The outdoor kitchen will be opened at the event. Caroline Hutton, Director at Martineau Gardens explains:

“Seeing how food grows, picking fruit, tasting honey, digging up onions, snipping herbs, lighting a fire and cooking food over it, are experiences which are inspiring and get to the heart of what Martineau Gardens represents.”

The family friendly event will also include apple pressing, seasonal produce sales, children’s environmental craft activities, gardening workshops and live music from local performers, plus delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments, inspired by the garden harvest.

Admission fee for the Autumn Event is non-members £3, concessions £1, families £6 and free to members/friends. The Gardens are at 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG. Located five minutes from the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital. Information at www.martineau-gardens.org.uk or by calling 0121 440 7430. Additional public parking for this event will be at the Priory Hospital (across the road) by kind permission of the hospital.

For more details of what’s planned and who’s performing – visit our Autumn Event page here: Autumn Event

 



Peter Runs again 2015 September 10, 2015

Peter’s online giving page:

https://localgiving.com/fundraising/peterrunsagain2015

21st October – Update: He did it! Thanks to all your financial encouragement, Peter has pounded the streets of Birmingham for Martineau Gardens – he completed the run in just under two hours, coming in at 1 hour 56 minutes. If you haven’t donated yet, there’s still time, please help all his efforts go further. If you donate via Peter’s online page (at Local Giving, via the big link above), the first £10 of your donation will be match funded and (if eligible) gift-aid added – but, don’t delay, the match pot fund will only last a short while!

(Please also give three massive cheers for Mike Ponton who ran for Martineau Gardens for the first time this year, please click here, to find out more!)

Peter Arnold, Trustee is running for Martineau Gardens in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 18 October, 2015. This is the fifth time that Peter has donned his running shoes for us –  no mean feat, Peter is 66, works full time as a barrister and … has an allotment to maintain (and we all know how demanding that can be). There is a huge commitment of time, effort and mental determination for anyone who decides to participate in a long-distance run, such as the Great Run.

Peter Arnold Sept 2013

Pictured here, Peter explains why he is doing this for Martineau Gardens:

” So why am I doing this? Martineau Gardens is a vital resource for our community – I live nearby. It’s close to the city and yet it provides a place where you can go to get a breath of fresh air and forget about the hussle and bustle of life’s demands.

When I’ve had a busy day, I like to unwind at my allotment, dig up a potato or two or pick an apple but for many of the volunteers who take part in the Therapautic Horticulture project at Martineau Gardens, gardening is much more than a hobby, in fact gardening at Martineau Gardens gives them a reason not to give up, when the going gets tough. The Gardens are a place where vulnerable people feel valued. So please dig deep, and give generously.”

 

 How You Can Sponsor Peter:

1) By donating online through LocalGiving which is totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Martineau Gardens and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. To donate on-line, please go to my fundraising page: https://localgiving.com/fundraising/peterrunsagain2015

2) By posting a cheque to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

(Please make cheques payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’)

Martineau Gardens is participating in ‘Grow Your Tenner’ with LocalGiving, which launches on 13 October at 10am. This is a brilliant opportunity for Peter’s efforts to raise even more money for Martineau Gardens, for every donation that is made on-line after 10am on Tuesday 13 October, LocalGiving  will mtach fund this, up to £10. To find out more about how your on-line donations can be match funded, click here. 

If you would like to know more about how Martineau Gardens helps vulnerable people and others, watch our film: http://www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/about-us/what-is-a-community-garden/

 Your support would make such a difference



Honey Show 5 & 6 Sept September 3, 2015

 snip large landscapeFinal preparations for the Birmingham Honey Show are underway: the marquees are going up and bee keepers are putting the finishing touches to their show entries.

The Honey Show is returning to Martineau Gardens for its 5th year this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, 10am until 4pm). For more details on this wonderful family-friendly event, click here.

Entry to the event is FREE



Mollie Martineau 1-9-26 to 15-8-15 September 3, 2015

Our Patron, Mollie Martineau, has died peacefully.
She has been a great supporter of Martineau Gardens, since the beginning of our existence as a Community Garden.  She loved how the Gardens reminded her of childhood nature walks.  She visited whenever she was able, supporting our events and our fundraising.  We benefited a lot from the affection and respect that Birmingham people felt for her. She kept up the connection with us, even after leaving Birmingham, sending warm messages to us through our Trustee, Glenys Thomas.
We owe the name of the Gardens to Mollie Martineau’s family.  It was Mollie’s father-in-law Wilfred Martineau, who, as Chairman of the Education Committee, established a Teachers’ Centre on Bristol Road after the war.
He had recognized that Birmingham was facing a problem in attracting and retaining good quality teachers, and he wanted somewhere where the teachers could  “put up their feet and let their hair down”.  Mollie had lived near the Gardens for over fifty years. She had seen the grounds as a Teachers’ Centre, an Environmental Studies Centre and, through to its present existence as a Community Garden. She and her late husband Denis intervened when the site was at risk of being redeveloped. In an interview for one of our recent newsletters, she explained why her commitment remained strong: “Martineau Gardens is so close to the City Centre, yet whenever I visit, I am reminded of my childhood and the nature walks I used to enjoy so much. This is a very special Garden.  As a community garden, it’s here for everyone. It’s wonderful to see a place where children can run and play freely.”
Pictured here, Mollie Martineau opening our Nature Trail  (31 March 2011) –  Mollie equipped with secateurs snipped through an evergreen, ‘living’ ribbon made from foliage of the Gardens.
Mollie Martineau Launching the Nature Trail

Mollie Martineau Launching the Nature Trail



29 and 31 Aug News August 27, 2015

Martineau Gardens is open every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays. We are closed on Monday 31 August 2015.

If you’re planning to visit Martineau Gardens on Saturday 29 August, the Gardens are open but the car park is being used for the cricket and 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 locked, please phone the office on 0121 440 7430 and we will unlock the gates for you.

If you’re a cricket fan, you can find out more about parking here: www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/2015/08/parking-for-cricket-fans/

 

 



Parking for Cricket Fans August 27, 2015

Saturday 29 August 2015 Cricket

Cricket is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens on Saturday 29 August 2015.  You can park your car in the Martineau Gardens car park (subject to availability) for a fee of £10; 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.