Coronavirus Statement April 1, 2020

Updated 28 July 2021

A message from our Trustees:

Visiting the Gardens in Summer  – an update

Martineau Gardens continues to be open for both public visits Mondays – Saturdays*, from 10am until 4pm, (excluding bank holidays) and we continue to be free to visit (except on special events days) and your donations are always welcomed. Now we have passed 19 July, the date on which restrictions were lifted, we ask all our visitors to be respectful of other people’s space here at Martineau Gardens and those observing social distancing. Unless you have hired the Pavilion, our public buildings and glasshouses will continue to be closed to the public (our toilets are open). Be reassured that Martineau Gardens will comply with any covid-secure measures that remain in place.

Busy September – a few changes ahead

Sat 11 September – Garden Party 3pm – 7pm 

Sat 18 September – Cricket only car park (all day)

Sun 19 September – Autumn Event

September 2021 is busy here at Martineau Gardens, we have lots going on which we hope you’ll enjoy. It also means a few changes to our opening hours, access to the car park and for special events, admission charges apply. Click on the links above to visit the event web pages.

Plan your visit

To plan your visit to Martineau Gardens, please read this page so you know what to expect and are prepared and please check this statement regularly for updates. 

We are buoyed up by the support we have received from our Friends, Charitable Trusts and visitors who have continued to donate over this difficult period. Please consider becoming a Friend of Martineau Gardens to support the work that we do and help to keep Martineau Gardens open for free. Did you know that you can donate when you visit – whilst cash is welcomed, we do have QR code enabled online giving and a card machine for cashfree donations.

*We have extended our opening hours for visits to include Saturdaysfrom 31 July 21). To stay in touch with latest developments sign up to our  e-news here   and follow us on facebook or twitter.

Contact details: Telephone: 0121 440 7430. If the office is not staffed please leave a message.  You can also email us via [email protected] but please bear with us, since the response back will take longer than usual.

Useful links:

How do I become a Friend of Martineau Gardens – join here 

Visiting Martineau Gardens in Summer 2021 – what to expect 


Can i book the Gardens for my celebration? 

From 19 July you will be able to hire the Pavilion as well as the Gardens. We are now limiting party size to 50 people or less (adults and children). If you wish to have a celebration for a greater number of people, please call to discuss your plans with a member of staff. For all private events such as these, we recommend that you visit before making a booking if you are not familiar with the Gardens. 

Find out more here. 

Jobs: Trust and Grants Fundraiser for Martineau Gardens November 5, 2021

Are you passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health issues in a beautiful community garden? Can you help us to raise the funds we need to continue our work through grant and trust applications which capture the community and compassion which is at the heart of Martineau Gardens?

We’re looking for a fundraiser for 2-3 days a week who can help us tell the story of the gardens and the work we do and is proactive and creative in looking for funding streams, locally, regionally and nationally.

We are a small, close team and need someone who is hands on and willing to get involved in bigger bids, working with the CEO and deputy director. 

Trust and Grants Fundraiser
Salary: £23,000 – £25,000 per year, pro rata
Hours: Permanent, part-time, 2-3 days per week (to be agreed)
Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Closing date: 05 December 2021
To apply: Please view our advert with Charity Jobs here, where you can download the supporting documents. Applications should only be made through Charity Jobs and not directly to ourselves.

Martineau Gardens receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service October 18, 2021

Pictured here, left to right John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Claire Perry and Munsab Khan volunteers for Martineau Gardens Picture credit: Dale Martin

Volunteering has given me a role – there was a massive hole in my life but when I began volunteering here, I could see there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Martineau Gardens, has been recognised for its commitment to the community receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Awarded during lockdown when gatherings were not possible, a happy band of staff and volunteers from Martineau Gardens attended the awards ceremony at Birmingham Hippodrome, in October 2021. Pictured bottom right are Claire Perry and Munsab Khan who went up on stage to represent Martineau Gardens and receive the award from John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands.  

Click to view ITV’s report ‘inside the secret garden’

The good news caught the attention of the press with splashes in the Birmingham Post and the Mail and a report was broadcast on ITV Central. View the tv coverage here for a rewarding glimpse of life ‘behind the scenes’ including a Green woodworking session, digging up vegetables and candid interviews with volunteers and staff.      

Martineau Gardens supports volunteers on the therapeutic horticulture programme to look after the 2.5 acre free-to-enter community garden, many of whom have mental health issues and learning disabilities. A team of volunteers welcome over 10,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy its peace and tranquillity and a further team helps out with special events and courses. events. Hundreds of school children visit the outdoor ‘classrooms’ to learn about the environment. The Gardens have been described by visitors as ‘an oasis of calm in the bustling city’ and as ‘Birmingham’s hidden gem’ – all thanks to the dedication of the wonderful volunteers.


The short film boradcast at the awards ceremony featuring views and interviews at the Martineau Gardens

Martineau Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.  The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. 

When the City Council-run environmental centre closed, a group of local people came together to create a community garden that would stay open for free, for the public of Birmingham to visit and care for.  Established in 1997 as a volunteer-led organisation, today Martineau Gardens is a thriving independently-run registered charity.

Claire Perry, volunteer at the Gardens for over ten years said “Martineau Gardens means the world to me, to be around nature makes me calm and happy. I came here to boost my confidence, and now I’m here, I feel I’ve come out of the darkness and into the light.”

Munsab Kahn, volunteer at the Gardens said “Volunteering has given me a role – there was a massive hole in my life but when I began volunteering here, I could see there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Gill Milburn, outgoing CEO for Martineau Gardens said  “We are delighted and honoured to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Volunteers are the beating heart of Martineau Gardens. Whether supporting our work week in week out, or rising to the challenge when needed, each one makes a difference. The Award is testament to hundreds of volunteers past and present, who have given selflessly to care for our beautiful community space. We look forward to being able to have everyone back at the Gardens for a well-deserved celebration.”

Jenni Fryer, incoming CEO for Martineau Gardens said “Martineau Gardens is a much-loved, much-valued green space in the heart of the community welcoming over 10,000 visitors every year who come to enjoy its peace and tranquillity. The Gardens wouldn’t be the welcoming beautiful space it is without our volunteers.”

Martineau Gardens is open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm for visits and is free to enter.

Buy Logs and Support Martineau Gardens October 7, 2021

If you visit the Gardens during the winter months, you’re likely to hear a ‘plink’, ‘plink’ sound. This is the sound of wood being  chopped, by hand, by the Garden Volunteer Team. Wood is donated to the Gardens by Tree Surgeons, and then gets chopped up by the volunteers and sold to customers as logs for wood-burning stoves or open fires. Not only is this an important source of income for the Gardens, but it provides plenty of physical exercise for our volunteers!

Chopping Logs, Martineau Gardens

Due to the change in recent legislation requiring that logs sold for fires must be below 20% moisture content, we have been galvanised into action and, thanks to a lot of hard work from volunteers, we now have the capacity to store bags of dry logs for sale to visitors. Our volunteers work hard storing, chopping, testing and bagging up the logs – it’s quite a ‘cottage industry’. The price now is £9. If you’re making a first purchase, you’ll need to purchase a reusable hessian sacks (£3) – an ideal way way to transport your logs home.

We are very grateful to our log chopping team who continue to keep the supplies up and running and to you, our customers, who choose to support our cause by buying logs from Martineau Gardens.

If you’re making a special trip to purchase logs, we suggest you ring us first to check supplies.

Supporting a good cause: all profits from the sale of logs are ploughed back into the running costs of Martineau Gardens

World Mental Health Day 2021 October 6, 2021

The arrival of autumn can often feel disconcerting but here at Martineau Gardens, we garden together, whatever the weather and feel all the better for it. The colour in the Gardens at this time of year bring such joy, from berries and fungi to foliage and even the odd crabapple still hanging, it’s a pleasure to spend time outside and connect with nature.

For people with existing mental health conditions, the strains of the continued pandemic and seasonal change can contribute to greater dips in wellbeing, the tranquillity and calm of Martineau Gardens brings stability for many of our regular volunteers on the Therapeutic Horticulture programme. The culture created here can go a long way in navigating these unsettling times, volunteering providing a fixed point in times of turmoil.

This Sunday 10 October 2021 is #WorldMentalHealthDay – an opportunity for us all to check in on our own mental health. At Martineau Gardens we support people with mental health issues through therapeutic horticulture.

Jenni Fryer, Acting CEO for Martineau Gardens said: “Martineau Gardens is open six days a week – we invite all our supporters and visitors to take a moment to benefit from the peaceful surroundings here by visiting. If you haven’t been here for a while, come and see us and if you can’t do that, donate to help us continue to flourish..”

Whilst we are closed on Sunday 10 October, Martineau Gardens continues to be open for free, Mondays to Saturdays, 10am until 4pm and entry is free.

We are appreciative of the long-term support of our corporate partners:

Jo Malone London    Nicholls Brimble Bhol Solicitors   

Autumn Half-Term Family Activities October 6, 2021

Family activities are back for Autumn half-term! Make time to enjoy some fresh air and crafts with an environmental focus, in the surroundings of Martineau Gardens. Choose from Autumn Activities on Wednesday 27 October or Halloween Activities on Friday 29 October. There are four sessions to choose from across the two days – read on for more information – advance booking advised for these popular events, you can book your tickets direct via WeGotTickets using the links below.

Autumn Activities, Wednesday 27 October: Join Juliette, our Environmental Education Teacher, for a signs of autumn walk, Autumn Trail, nature art and craft (leaf rubbing badges, conker spiders, pinecone bats), pond dipping and a minibeast hunt.

Halloween Activities,Friday 29 October: Stir up a smelly potion, do some Halloween-themed nature crafts, play games and finish with a story walk in the woods (by candlelight for the later session). Costumes welcome! 

Here’s what you need to know:

Suitable for children aged 3-12.

Tickets: £7.50 per child (inc. online booking fee) for a 2-hour session; adults are not charged and entrance to Martineau Gardens is free. Advance booking essential for these popular actiivties.

This is family learning, and a parent or other adult is required to join in with the activity (but does not need to pay). Additional adults are welcome but due to space constraints cannot join in the activity (there is plenty to explore in the Gardens during the session).

Please dress appropriately for the weather, since the session will take place outside. Bring a drink and a snack, or bring your packed lunch if you’d like to have a picnic. Please note that Martineau Gardens serves hot and cold drinks (donations welcome) but not food.

Buy tickets with WeGotTickets

September – expect a few changes! September 8, 2021

September 2021 is busy here at Martineau Gardens, we have lots going on which we hope you’ll enjoy. It also means a few changes to our opening hours, access to the car park and for special events, admission charges apply. Read on to to find out moreclick on the links below to visit the event web pages.

Dates for your diary and special arrangements

The Late Summer Garden Party, Sat 11 September, 3pm – 7pm (advance booking advised) Gardens closed on the 11th to general public due to event set-up

Vitality Blast Cricket car park: Sat 18 September
(parking tickets only on the gate)
Gardens open but no public parking except cricket

Autumn Event, Sun 19 September, 11am – 3pm (tickets on the gate)

Flatpack Film Festival Presents:
Here for Life, Fri 24 September, 8pm – 9.30pm
(advance booking via the organisers )

Green woodworking transforms July 30, 2021

For some time, we have hoped to organise Green Woodworking sessions attended by Therapeutic Horticulture volunteers. It’s always sad when mature trees fall in times of drought, or limbs are brought down by high winds, we’ve been wanting to re-use the wood around the Gardens by transforming them into benches, tables and sculptures. Due to continued funding we receive from Jo Malone London, enabling activities like this to go ahead,


Goodbye Miranda! July 28, 2021

On a warm afternoon in July 2021, with the gardens full of scent and colour  looking their best, staff and volunteers gathered for an afternoon tea party to bid a fond and emotional farewell to Miranda Kingston.


Summertime – a sensory walk around Martineau Gardens July 23, 2021

New moth identified July 9, 2021

Andrew Curran, one of our longstanding volunteer wildlife recorders, was elated to report his recent discovery, after the latest moth identification session:

 “The moth was sighted by the lower oak canopy near the earth oven on Thursday 8th July. I thought it was Yellow-legged Clearwing which was recorded here at Martineau Gardnes, several times in the past. To my great delight, this beautiful moth proved to be Orange-tailed Clearwing. A new identification for Martineau Gardens and nationally scarce”

Find out more about how we indentify and record moths, using a moth trap (all moths are released quickly and not harmed)