Conservation 14 Feb update February 13, 2015

We’re sorry to announce but tomorrow’s winter working conservation party has been postponed, the next planned session is Saturday 14 March. If you’d like to know more about what happens at these outdoor sessions, read a report here:



Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund January 16, 2015

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund – Vote for Martineau Gardens by Sunday

Every week, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund will donate five cash awards to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland. At the end of each week, the People’s Choice entry will win £300.

Please would you follow  this link to our page on the Galaxy Website – vote on the website (click the brown button VOTE) and if you use facebook or twitter, please do share the message there too.

Run for us! January 15, 2015

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Birmingham Running Events 2015

If you’d like to run for Martineau Gardens, let us know when you’ve booked your place and we can provide all the support needed to make your fundraising a success. We can send you sponsor forms; help you setup a Local Giving page so you can ask for donations online; promote your fundraising and order you a branded running top. Call 0121 440 7430 or email [email protected].

For some inspiration, take a look at our Trustee, Peter Arnold’s success in the Great Birmingham Half Marathon Peter’s completed the run four  years in a row and raised thousands of pounds to support our work with vulnerable adults from across the city.

Bupa Great Birmingham 10k

City of Birmingham Triathlon

The Color Run, Birmingham 5k

City of Birmingham 10k and 5k Fun Run

Big Fun Run, Birmingham 5k

Bupa Great Birmingham Half Marathon


Artichokes are in! December 4, 2014

artichokes, meredith 1, shd 2013It’s artichoke season! We’ve dug up our first few and its a  good crop. There are three unrelated artichoke plants, Jerusalem, Chinese and Globe Artichoke, the one that we grow here at Martineau Gardens is the Jerusalem artichoke. Related to the sunflower family, it grows tall stems, over 4 foot in height. The part that is edible, the knobbly brown tubers, are hidden below the surface of the vegetable beds. It’s not until harvest time (usually December) that we find out how well our artichokes have done.

Call into the Gardens to buy a handful of artichokes*. If you’re wondering what to do with them, we recommend turning  them into soup or roasting them. Jamie Oliver has a tasty looking recipe here:

*if you’re making a special journey, call ahead to check supplies!


Leaf Action December 4, 2014

Sieving leaf mould to create soil improver

Sieving leaf mould to create soil improver

Raking through the leaf mould

Raking through the leaf mould

Ever wondered what the Garden Volunteers at Martineau Gardens do once the wintery weather sets in? There’s always plenty to do to keep the Gardens looking beautiful, even if the weather is becoming more challenging. Our Garden volunteers continue to come in over the winter. Pictured here are the Tuesday team in action, working hard with leaf mould. This sack of decaying leaves is nearly a couple of years old. Located close to the entrance of the woodland, leaves are added to the sack during  the  Autumn months.  The resulting leaf mould gets sieved to produce a rich, crumbly soil conditioner. Stewart and the Team bag this up throughout the year to be used around the garden as a soil improver.

Leaf mould is a really useful material to add to your homemade compost to improve it’s properties as a potting compost. If you’d like to know how to make your own leaf mould compost, the RHS have a useful article here.

Here’s a  lovely article written by Stewart Holmes and Jean Fletcher, which was published with Autumnal pictures of the Gardens, last month in GEM Magazine.

Martineau Gardens – Garden Tips GEM Magazine 2014

Callicarpa, the Winter Garden, Martineau Gardens Sunlight shining on the Paperbark Maple


Autumn Crafty Kids – new workshops added October 22, 2014

Flyer for Animal Head and Christmas DecorationsMartineau Gardens is hosting a series of Crafty Kids with Kika workshops this Autumn and Winter.

Following on from the fun of  Trail Tale – Night Animals in mid-November, you can now book on-line (via for:

Paper Mache Animal Heads (Sat 29 November and Saturday 6 December, 2-3pm)

Aimed at: 4 to 11 years old, (with a parent / guardian in attendance). A workshop to make an animal head decoration that you and your child will be proud of. Hang it on your bedroom wall, your living room wall- it will look fantastic on any wall. This workshop requires two sessions to complete the project and cost £10 in total (siblings £5) plus booking fee. (If you can’t make 29 November then start on the 6 Dec and finish off at Christmas Decorations workshop (Sat 13 Dec)- please call Kika on 07899 778601 so she can make provision for you.)


Christmas Decorations (Sat 13 December, 11am-12  or 2pm-3pm)

Aimed at 2 to 11 years old, (with a parent /guardian in attendance). Come and make stylish cards and decorations to adorn christmas trees and your homes over the festive season. This workshop is a single session, choose one of two identical sessions (at 11am or 2pm); the session costs £5 (siblings £2.50), plus booking fee.

Activities will take place in the Studio, within the setting of this beautiful community garden.  

Children must be accompanied by an adult –  this is an opportunity to spend time with your child and to enjoy being creative together. Ten children per session, so booking in advance is essential via (see below). Martineau Gardens is a two and a half acre family-friendly landscape to explore and is open to the public, 10am until 4pm, free entry, (Monday to Saturday except Bank Holidays), so bring some warm waterproofs if you want to explore the Gardens before or after . There’s no cafe but we will make you hot and cold drinks (donations welcome) and you can bring a picnic. To plan your visit to Martineau Gardens, click here.

Find out more:  or email: [email protected]

Call Crafty Kids with Kika on 07899 778601


Booking only available on-line via – search Martineau Gardens.

ON-LINE BOOKINGS for Christmas Decorations workshop (Sat 13 December) close at 4pm on Friday 12 December (or sooner subject to availability). Please contact Crafty Kika direct if you wish to book a ticket after 4pm, see contact details above.

To book for Paper Mache Animal Heads (Sat 6 December), please contact Kika direct on 07899 778601.


Trail Tales leads children through the woods, encountering curious homes

Trail Tales leads children through the woods, encountering curious homes

Keep your eyes open wide!

Keep your eyes open wide!






Autumn Event Sun 28 Sept September 26, 2014

Two days to go until the Autumn Event – our family friendly green fete. Taking place on Sunday 28 September, from 11am until 3pm, this is a chance to enjoy the Gardens in all their Autumn glory. We’ve got lots planned – please click here to find out more.


A4 Poster Autumn Event 2014 12.8.2014

Animal Sculpture Workshop September 20, 2014

Animal Sculpture WorkshopCrafty Kika is back with this fantastic workshop – book direct with Kika



Honey Show 13-14 Sept September 11, 2014

The Birmingham Honey Show Returns to Martineau Gardens

Organised by Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014, 10am until 4pm
Free entry.
Back for a fourth year, the Birmingham Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping, you’ll be able to talk to local beekeepers, meet a queen (!), learn about the different types of bees, talk to beekeepers, think about becoming a beekeeper, view observation hives, see the competition entries, make candles from beeswax and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers all in the settings of a beautiful organic community garden. Click here to read more and plan your visit to this family-friendly event.



Caps Off for Taming of the Shrew August 27, 2014

The Taming of the Shrew Review 2014

“On Sunday 10 August Martineau Gardens played host to Folksy Theatre’s marvellous production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Utilising the children’s play area to the full, the young cast of fine actors (most playing more than one part), treated the audience to a performance full of energy fun and verve, not to mention the use of quirky props of every description. The audience were intimately involved and enchanted as every raised eyebrow and comic pose brought a laugh, as the manipulations of the various characters were revealed during Petruchio’s wooing of Kate. Indeed my grey cap featured in several scenes whilst one ‘lucky’ young lady was taken from her seat to be serenaded on ‘stage’.

The very informal nature of the production fitted in perfectly with the relaxed atmosphere and staging provide by the gardens. Cover against the very real threat of rain was provided by the marquee adorned by a variety of picnic hampers, collapsible seats and cool boxes overflowing down the sides of the arena. In the end even ‘Hurricane Bertha’ decided to behave which capped a great occasion where the audience were thoroughly entertained by this very funny production. A triumph for all involved and one I especially enjoyed as it was my birthday treat!”


Please do check back to our What’s On Pages to find out details of 2015’s production from Folksy Theatre here at Martineau Gardens