Co-op supporting Martineau Gardens December 5, 2018

We’ve got some great news! Once again, 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.

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.



Grow your tenner and support Martineau Gardens December 5, 2018

UPDATE: Grow you tenner has closed, the full £100k match pot has been allocated in just over 24 hours!

Please would you consider setting up a monthly on-line donation to Martineau Gardens with Local Giving?

Through the ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign, your direct debit donation will be match funded for the first 6 months, meaning a £10 monthly donation by you will earn £200 (including eligible gift-aid)*. You can find out more here,  or please telephone us to discuss on 0121 440 7430.


On your marks, get set… Grow Your Tenner!

*This year’s Grow Your Tenner campaign launched at 10am on Tuesday 11th December 2018. The campaign will run until the match funding is fully allocated or 12am on Thursday the 10th January 2019 – whichever comes first. The campaign is encouraging people to become long term supporters of their local charities, like Martineau Gardens. If you set up a direct debit to Martineau Gardens (through Local Giving) for a year, Local Giving will match your monthly donations (by up to £10) for a full 6 months.

Martineau Gardens and Gardens of Sanctuary December 3, 2018

Martineau Gardens is profiled in a new scheme titled ‘Gardens of Sanctuary’ reporting on the contributions of refugees and asylum seekers participating in community growing activities.

Gardens of Sanctuary is a partnership between City of Sanctuary, Social Farms & Gardens and the Permaculture Association. They explain it as this:

“We have a vision of a network of green spaces with a culture of welcome, in which asylum seekers and refugees feel safe and appreciated as valued contributors and co-creators of community gardens and environmental projects across the UK.

For those who arrive to seek asylum in the UK, community gardens, city farms and other community growing spaces can offer vital and unique opportunities to find community, improve mental and physical health and to learn and share skills.

Around the UK there are some fantastic examples of growing spaces led by, and offering opportunities to, people who have been forced to seek sanctuary. ”

You can find out more about the project on the Gardens of Sanctuary website – there is a Resource Pack, Report and Case Studies, plus links to a range of other resources and organisations that could be useful for any community growing group who is interested in working with sanctuary seekers.

Social Farms and Gardens have included Martineau Gardens in their case studies: Read the case study about Martineau Gardens here.


Early closing for training Sat 1 December November 12, 2018

Martineau Gardens will be lcosing early on Saturday 1 December for Volunteer Training. We will close at 2.45pm.

Re-open 10am on Monday morning.


Stories on Halloween Night October 17, 2018

Roll up, roll up. Tickets are on sale for an enchanting evening of spooky takes, flickering firelight and a woodland adventure, taking place at Martineau Gardens for Halloween on Wednesady 31 October, from 6pm. Come and be entertained by the good folk in the Traditional Arts Team at ‘Stories on Halloween Night’. Buy your tickets on-line via on the gate subject to availability).

Buy tickets and more details here!

We need Visitor Welcome Volunteers October 17, 2018

We need to grow our Visitor Welcome Team volunteers … can you help?

Our Visitor Welcome Team Volunteers contribute so much to Martineau Gardens, providing a warm welcome to visitors.

The purpose of the role is to welcome visitors to the Gardens and deal with any reasonable needs or enquiries they have. This includes ensuring that the Gardens and buildings that the public use are welcoming to visitors; keeping up to date with news and changes at the Gardens; serving drinks; washing up; selling plants and produce and offering ‘Become a Friend’ leaflets and information on any events or activities.

We are much quieter in the winter, so it’s a good time to settle in and become familiar with what happens on a daily basis at Martineau Gardens.

If you can spare a regular half day each week, Monday to Friday, or would like to be added to a list of back-up volunteers, please call 0121 440 7430 and arrange to meet with our Director, Gill Milburn.


Do give us a call if you think this is something for you! We’d love to hear from you.


Half-term Family Fun at Martineau Gardens September 24, 2018

A tranquil spot in late Autumn by the paper bark maple

Bring the family to Martineau Gardens this Autumn Half-Term for a range of activities.

Autumn Stick Man Family sessions (Fri 2 and Sun 4 November) :            click here

Autumn & Halloween Half Term Fun family sessions (Thurs 1 November):         click here

Halloween Storytelling (Wed 31 October) :             click here

Day of the Dead family sessions: (details coming soon)       click here

In addition to the special activity sessions listed above, you can also follow the Stick Man Trail, as a self-guided activity – find out more here. The Stick Man trail is available during our normal opening hours (Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm) until the end of December 2019.

Cricket T20 Blast Finals Day Sat 15 Sept September 14, 2018

Parking for Cricket Fans

Saturday 15 September 2018 Cricket:  

Cricket is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens on Saturday 15 September 2018.  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. Gates open from 9am. No reservations in advance.

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 15 September, 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, To plan your journey by public transport, visit  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.

Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG


Birmingham Honey Show 1 and 2 September 2018 September 1, 2018

Walnuts at Martineau Gardens August 29, 2018

Have you noticed this green fruit at Martineau Gardens yet?

Just coming into season, the young ‘wet’ walnuts are plumping up nicely. Resembling in looks, a perfect, smooth ‘green’ plum and a little larger than a lime, (the walnut is the wrinkled stone inside) we have had lots of interest from visitors asking what they are.

The smell is exquisite.

Martineau Gardens is always delighted to see Ben (left) from Simpsons’ restaurant on a ‘foraging expedition’. This week he brought his colleague Andrei (right) and they left with a crop of walnuts for pickling.

Here’s a recipe (credit: Richard Mabey, Food for Free, ed. Collins Gem 2004) which our Visitor Welcome Team volunteer Roxy has encouraged us to sample:

Walnut Pickle:

“Use green walnuts; they should be soft enough to pass a knitting needle or skewer through. Prick them lightly with a fork to allow the pickle to permeate the skin and leave them to stand in strong brine for about a week until they are quite black. Drain and wash them and let them dry for two or three days more. Pack them into jars and cover with hot pickling vinegard. Seal the jars and allow ro stand for at least a month before eating.”