Spring Event Pictures from this year’s event May 20, 2019

Our Spring Event took place on Sunday 19 May 2019 – thank you to everyone who contributed so much to the success of one of our favourite events of the year. Big thanks to our musicians, our cake and salad makers, our stall holders, our activity providers, Co op Edgbaston, all our visitors for joining in and … most of all our fabulous volunteers –  we could not do all that we do with out you!

A few highlights from the day!

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek May 16, 2019

Stewart Holmes, Therapeutic Horticulturalist beside the Alpine garden, Martineau Gardens

Mental Health – it’s something we think about all the time here at Martineau Gardens. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week.

A big thank you to all those whose actions, gestures and donations keep these beautiful gardens open for free,  and enable the Therapeutic Horticulture Programme to continue. The gardening work our volunteers do is rewarding  — not only does it give meaning to someone’s life but we have a tranquil, beautiful space for all to enjoy. Our thanks to the charitable trusts, the donors and sponsors Nicholls Brimble Bhol Solicitors for their continued support, and most importantly our volunteers for all the hard work they do throughout the year.




Gardening at the Gardens April 10, 2019

Martineau Gardens – where great things happen together

Wednesday 10 April 2019

It’s been a very busy day at the Gardens, with so much achieved. Garden Volunteers have been working hard on the Pavilion Garden with Stewart and Miranda.  Over in the food growing area, Baskerville Special School have been weeding our vegetable beds with Susan and, children from Tame Valley  Primary School have experienced a Plant Professor session with Juliette, Felicity and Abbie  – which included tasting three types of mint.

Wildlife update March 20, 2019

As custodians of this precious green space, close to Birmingham city centre and surrounded by urban sprawl, we take our role in looking after the wildlife who visit here seriously. In recognition of the variety of species who visit, the wildlife area is designated a SLINC (a site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation). Pictured here, our volunteer wildlife surveyors, Andrew Curran (Left) and Brian Perry (Right), are running annual checks on our bird boxes— the nesting boxes are cleaned, at a time when they are not in use, to reduce the risk of parasites infesting young birds in the nesting season.

Brian explains: “We have two types of nestboxes, ones that can be removed from the tree and others that can’t. So the first photo shows us removing a box from the tree. The second shows Andrew with a fixed nestbox. It’s obviously easier to clean the removable boxes – if not, we have to clean whilst perched on a ladder. As the photo shows, Andrew has found a way to sterilise the box –  he’s pouring boiling water into it from a thermos!”

Thanks to the generosity of a Friend, who has supplied us with a regular delivery of bird seed for a number of years, the birds at Martineau Gardens are fed throughout the year. They enjoy a wild bird seed containing black sunflower, red millet, white millet, canary seed, naked oats, rape seed and wheat.

Find out more about the birds at Martineau Gardens here

Co op Edgbaston volunteer day March 19, 2019

Earlier this month, we welcomed Volunteers from Co-op Edgbaston who donned gardening gloves and worked with Stewart and our volunteers in the glass house, potting up cuttings for the Gardens. The team were really enthusiastic to find out more about Martineau Gardens and the therapeutic horticulture project, for which Co-op is supporting through the Co-op Local Community Fund. Josh Dredge, Manager of Co-op Edgbaston said: “It was fantastic seeing first hand the incredible work Martineau Gardens does in our community. We can’t wait to tell our customers all about it!”

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.  Visit the supporting stores (listed below) to see how you can make in-store purchases count.

To date the amount raised across the four supporting stores is £1,305.54 – great news!

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

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

Local stores supporting Martineau Gardens

Birmingham, Colmore Row B3 2BJ

Birmingham, Newhall Square, B3 1RU

Edgbaston, Wheeleys Road, B15 2LJ

Moseley, 154 Alcester Road B13 8HS

You can view (and share) our Co-op page here.


Good news Co op Local Community Fund February 5, 2019


Today we met with the team at Co op Edgbaston to discuss collaborating on fundraising events for the year. Martineau Gardens has been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which means we will get a contrubtion towards the Therapeutic Community Fund. To date, over £700 has been raised across our four supporting stores.

Read the full story here and find out how you can make in-store purchases count.

Martineau Gardens is in the Press! February 5, 2019

Second City – Garden Haven … so proclaims the title of a recent feature in the Kitchen Garden Magazine. Journalist Sally Cunningham visited the Gardens and wrote this lovely piece about us.

The article describes the Therapeutic Horticulture project, and includes photos of Stewart Holmes and Miranda Kingston (our Therapeutic Horticulturalists) plus volunteers. There’s details on the vegetable beds, the bee hives and fruit trees and some good pictures of our Wildlife Volunteers Brian and Andrew examining the moth trap. Here’s a copy of the article  below (thanks to Kitchen Garden Magazine for providing these).

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them

Tuesday Gardening Group December 10, 2018

Thanks to funding we have received from a charitable trust, we have been running a pilot programme of social and therapeutic gardening sessions designed to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Once a week, these volunteers came together in the Pavilion for supported sessions which included horticultural, craft and sensory-based activities. Martineau Gardens staff led the sessions and were supported by the huge generosity of some of our regular garden volunteers who came every week to enable the activities to be enjoyed by all. Together the group have planted up troughs with bulbs and plants, harvested potatoes, planted onion sets and made lavender bags. They have laughed, sung, gathered pumpkins, sown broad beans and pictured here, are Margaret and Sarah making a winter bird feeder together.  Activities are being observed by a researcher from Coventry University and we hope her findings will be used in developing future programmes. Observations so far are extremely promising and in a focus group with carers, one person reported that the self-confidence the experience gave his loved one, lasted for two days after  each session. She got so much from these pilot sessions that we are hoping to include her in our regular therapeutic horticulture programme.


The Pavilion Garden December 10, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to announce the continued support from Jo Malone London. Martineau Gardens is creating a new Pavilion Garden, which will be located behind the refurbished Pavilion. The Pavilion Garden will provide extra tranquillity for those in need of a ‘healing’ space. People experiencing immediate mental distress often seek out quiet places at Martineau Gardens for some peace and calm, but can be disturbed by other visitors. With the support of Jo Malone London, Martineau Gardens is turning a hidden and overgrown space behind the Pavilion into a tranquil haven. Work is taking place now and into the Spring. Our staff and volunteers have created the design and are hard at work clearing the area – hard physical labour including digging up bricks, brambles and levelling.

Gifts and festive cards in support of Martineau Gardens December 5, 2018

Buy an unusual gift or a festive card from Martineau Gardens, with the knowledge that your purchase is supporting our charity.

Martineau Gardens gift membership

For the person who has everything … why not buy then a year’s membership to our Friends scheme?
They’ll receive our newsletter, quarterly, and free entry to Autumn and Spring events. An A5 folded gift-card illustrated with images of Martineau Gardens is included for you to present, there’s an explanation of how the donation is supporting the work of Martineau Gardens and space for you to write your own message. Call 0121 440 7430 to purchase using a credit or debit card, or pop into Reception next time you visit. £20 Individual (£25 Joint/Family)

Martineau Gardens festive cards 

Two designs of the Gardens in winter, priced at £4 per pack of five cards, packaged in cellophane wrappers and includes envelopes. (Buy three packs for £10) Call into Reception at Martineau Gardens to purchase.    £4 for five, or £10 for three packs