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:

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

Cricket Parking 23 Aug August 22, 2014

Cricket Parking for Sat 23 August 2014 NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day

The NatWest T20 Cricket Finals is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens on Saturday 23 August 2014. Martineau Gardens will be running our car park as a cricket car park on this day. Cricket fans attending the match will be able to park the car in our car park (subject to availability) for £10, we have space for 24 cars. (No advance booking available.)

If you’d like to see where we’re located in relation to the cricket ground, visit this page .

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  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 volunteers 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 volunteers 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!

Non-cricket fans …visiting the Gardens

If you’re planning to visit Martineau Gardens on Saturday 23 August, the car park will be full all day – 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. For a more tranquil visit, arrive after 11.30am when all the cars will be parked (but note we close at 4pm). 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 TransportDirect 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.

Taming of the Shrew Sun 10 August August 5, 2014

Sun 10 August, The Taming of the Shrew, Martineau Gardens, 2pm.  With Folksy Theatre (Gates open at 1pm)

We’re really looking forward to ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ which is coming to Martineau Gardens this Sunday, 10 August, presented by Folksy Theatre. Folksy Theatre have been touring the South with this production since the middle of July – there are some great reviews and pictures on their facebook page ( To find out more about the play at Martineau Gardens and how you can buy tickets, click here.


Folksy Theatre - Band Rehearsal Photos by: Photographs by Emma Holbrook (Laconic Film) and Trevor Bithell

Wildlife Report 28.4.2014 April 28, 2014

S Bluebells, april 2014, shd twi picWildlife Report just in!

Our  volunteer wildlife recorder Brian Perry has just popped in with  his latest wildlife report. Once a week he records sightings as he walks around the Gardens. The data is logged at Eco Record . Today, the lunchtime sunshine encouraged the butterflies. He spotted a peacock, a small tortoiseshell and a small white. Insects included a shieldbug and a St Mark’s fly. Birds included the tree warbler and summer visitors, the warblers chiff-chaff and blackcap. New flowers this week include the blue bell, the white flowering garlic mustard, red campion and cow parsely. Within the last fortnight one of our younger visitors, spotted a newt under a stone by the pond. We’ve also seen newts hibernating in the compost heap. Now is the time when they return to water to breed. If you like to know more about newts and their lifecycle – there’s a good introduction here on


Ready, Steady … Grow! March 28, 2014

A Report on the Big Dig Event

Muddy hands was the order of the day at our first event of the year. Stewart and Rachael led a series of family-friendly gardening workshops, as part of our Big Dig Event on Saturday 22 March, 2014

Muddy hands, wildflower seedbomb making

Our free event was aiming to inspire you to grow your own, no matter how big or small your grow space is or how much or how little experience you have. There were drop-in food growing workshops and family-friendly activities to inspire even the most reluctant gardeners to don their gardening gloves. 

Wildflower Seed Bombing- Stewart showed family groups how to make wild flowers ‘seed bombs’. Made from compost, clay and wildflower seed, the muddy balls contained seed attractive to bumble bees. So, when the flowers grow they will attract bumble bees, who in turn, will pollinate the flowers and crops we grow at Martineau Gardens.
watering the mix, wildflower seed bomb making
Wildlfower seed for bees, making seed bombs
Pictured here, children are stirring and watering the balls, before ‘bombing’ our new wildflower area beside the Tai Chi Lawn. 
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Throwing the wildflower seed bombs, crop on bomb
Rather than buying new herb plants, why not grow your own from cuttings? Rachael showed children how to take cutting from the sage growing in the herb bed at Martineau Gardens and how to pot them on to take home and grow.
Getting up close to Herbsm learning how to do herb cuttings
There were also guided tours of the Gardens, taking in the growing areas, the wildlife areas, woodland and formal areas and refreshments available from the Pavilion.
BC with her own sage cutting, Big Dig
Plants and Produce area, at the Big Dig Seed Event














Gardening in between the showers March 12, 2014

With all the wet weather we have been having, Stewart and the team have had to work round the challenges of saturated clay soil by using paths, stepping stones and small boards to keep up with the garden tasks!

Some volunteers just don’t know there own strength!

GardeningBut the hard work was worth it. Thanks to J and L for transforming this flowerbed, near the entrance, the bed has been planted up with helebores and snowdrops. Close by catkins quiver in the breeze, their lime yellow in brilliant contrast to a fresh, blue spring sky.

The Garden team have also been turning their attention to the Orchard. There are over 30 different varieties of fruit tree in the orchard. Spartan, Worcester, Russet, Egremont Russet, Worcester Pearmain, Ellisons Orange, Conference and Williams are some of the apple and pear varieties. There are also Fig (Brown Turkey), Damson and Plum trees all producing plentiful and delicious fruit in the summer. At the centre of the orchard is a magnificent Mulberry (Morus nigra) tree. Sadly, we lost our medlar tree in the wet weather this year. In it’s place a new plum tree has been planted.

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You can read more about gardening with Stewart and Jean’s top gardening tips for March, in this article which has just appeared in the March issue of Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life (see page 24).