Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal September 8, 2017

Join in with our Crowdfunding Appeal.

From 12 September to 12 October 2017 Martineau Gardens is raising money to refurbish the Pavilion. Can you share this page, help spread the word and make a donation to our localgiving donation page here:

Refurbishing our Pavilion means Martineau Gardens can continue to be the place where people, plants and wildlife meet.  We’ve already completed phase one – the next step is to create a bigger space that’s warm and dry in winter, light and airy in summer. Spacious, water tight interiors means we can teach more children about nature, whatever the weather; people like YOU can hire our Pavilion for parties and celebrations, businesses and community groups can hold meetings and events, creating an income that contributes towards keeping Martineau Gardens free to enter.

Like to know more?

Click here for more details about the Refurbishment – find out what’s been achieved so far and what the next steps are.

Our campaign starts Tuesday 12 September, 2017.

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The Pavilion in Spring


Closed temporarily 5 and 6 Aug for New Roof August 2, 2017

We have reached the next stage of the Pavilion refurbishment: the roof is being replaced and so, the Gardens will be closed on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August. We reopen on Monday 7 August.

To find out more about our refurbishment work of our hundred year old Pavilion, click here.



John and Peter run for Martineau Gardens July 25, 2017

John Kingston and Peter Backhouse are running for Martineau Gardens in the Great Birmingham Run half-marathon on Sunday 15 October, 2017.
John Kingston is married to Miranda, the head of Martineau’s vegetable garden. He’ll be running for Martineau with Peter Backhouse, a full time carer for his wife, Lizz, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Peter has been a runner all his life, whereas John started running three years ago. John and Peter have started their training for the half-marathon and hope to come in below two hours.

Peter Backhouse and John Kingston, running for Martineau Gardens


Pictured on the right here, John explains why he is doing this for Martineau Gardens:

“I’m a keen gardener, but often have to work away from home  – when I’ve had a busy week, there’s nothing I like more than gardening, it’s a place where I can unwind, relax. For many of the volunteers who come to Martineau Gardens, gardening is much more than a hobby. I’m married to Miranda Kingston, a therapeutic horticulturalist at Martineau Gardens. Miranda works with lots of different groups at the Gardens, including young people with special needs. They benefit enormously from the time they spend here.”

There is a huge commitment of time, effort and mental determination for anyone who decides to participate in a long-distance run, such as the Great Run. Please support John and Peter in their efforts to run for Martineau Gardens and sponsor them.



 How You Can Sponsor John and Peter:

1) By donating online through LocalGiving which is totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Martineau Gardens and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. To donate on-line, please go to the fundraising page at Local Giving:

2) By posting a cheque to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

(Please make cheques payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’)


If you would like to know more about how Martineau Gardens helps vulnerable people and others, watch our film:

 Your support would make such a difference

Miranda Kingston, Therapeutic Horticulturalist, with freshly picked blackcurrants

Flying the Flag at Martineau Gardens July 19, 2017

Volunteering is at the Heart of Martineau Gardens – the Green Flag award celebrates the efforts of volunteers and staff in keeping Martineau Gardens open six days a week, throughout the year.

The Green Flag is out again – eighth year running! Congratulations to all our volunteers, supporters and staff who help to keep Martineau Gardens, open for free, six days a week throughout the year. The Green Flag Community Award celebrates their hard work and dedication.

Green Flags are awarded by the Keep Britain Tidy environmental charity in recognition of lots of important things that go on within parks and green spaces. Many of these tasks are going on behind the scenes: from managing our biodiversity, keeping wildlife records and welcoming visitors to washing up the cups and keeping our paths accessible. As always, this award is actually a tribute to all the volunteers to give up their spare time to help Martineau Gardens thrive. We couldn’t do it with out you!

Pictured above, staff and volunteers celebrating the good news, by the vegetable beds, on one of the hottest days of the year. The beds which are organically maintained are well stocked with runner beans, summer salads and calendula flowers.

Announcing the Storytelling Festival programme June 13, 2017

As the summer solstice approaches and the forecasters are announcing a heat wave, we’re looking forward the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival, this Saturday 17 June 2017. There’s so much going on, from 11am through to 7pm, enjoy storywalks in the woods, campfire tales and family storytelling. The Traditional Arts Team have programmed a full day of activities which will also include arts, music and crafts.

For a sneak preview of the programme, hot off the press  – click on the images below:


There will be a few changes to the above programme, pick up the final programme on the day.

Ticket still available! Click here for details.

Cricket – Visiting the Gardens in June June 5, 2017

Parking for Cricket Fans

Wed 7, Sat 10 and Thurs 15 June 2017

Cricket is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens in June (see dates listed above).  You can park your car in the Martineau Gardens car park (subject to availability) for a £15 fee, we have space for 24 cars.

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 Cricket Days (we’re closed to the public on Sunday), 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, X64. To plan your journey by public transport, visit  and use the postcode search – Martineau Gardens postcode is B5 7UG. The number 1 bus service will be diverted. Please check National Express’ temporary diversions before travelling. Alternatively, arrive by bike and bring your bike down to our bike rack, close to the Pavilion. When you arrive at Martineau Gardens, the gates will be locked, please phone the office on 0121 440 7430 and we will unlock the gates for you.

Further information (provided by Birmingham City Council):

There will be Road Closures in place on Edgbaston Road, between Pershore Road and Willows Road, before and after cricket games on the following match days:

  • Wednesday 7 June: closed 11am to 2pm and for two hours after the end of the match (estimated 9pm to 11pm)
  • Saturday 10 June and Thursday 15 June: closed 8am to 11am and for two hours after the end of the match (estimated 6pm to 8pm)


There will also be closures or parking restrictions on some residential roads. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all closed and restricted roads.






A green roof for outdoor kitchen May 23, 2017

Over the last year or so, we’ve been creating a space where we can cook outdoors. Our outdoor kitchen has two working earth ovens, a fire pit and space to prepare food. We’ve recently built a roof to provide some shelter from the elements.

Today, we’ve been adding a living, green roof. The ‘carpets’ of alpine plants have taken a year to prepare: capillary mats have been planted up with a range of plants, cultivated here at Martineau Gardens by the Garden Volunteers team.

TV visits Martineau Gardens May 10, 2017

As part of our celebrations for our anniversary celebrating twenty years of community gardening here at Martineau Gardens, we were delighted to have a visit from ‘Made in Birmingham TV’ to help us share our good news . Producer and Director Tafadzwa Mushipe  accompanied by camera man Ilvas spent a couple of hours, touring the Gardens. Whilst they were here, they spent time with our Garden volunteers, finding out more about Community Gardening.

Tadfas began by rolling up her sleeves, planting out lettuces with Miranda and the Friday Garden Volunteers. All our plants here are propagated organically and hand-reared by volunteers on our Therapeutic Horticulture project.

Then they walked through the Gardens to our wooded wildlife area to see the bee hives. Our volunteer Bee Keeper, John Gale, explained how the bee keepers use the smoker to calm the bees, so that the hives can be examined.

Finally, they interviewed Caroline Hutton, our Director, to find out what’s planned for our Spring Event 20th Anniversary Celebrations on Sunday 14 May.

Visit Martineau Gardens’ Spring Event on Sunday 14 May, 11am – click here for more details

Watch the Martineau Gardens Spring Event feature in ‘The Lowdown Birmingham’, broadcasting on Friday 12 May at 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Freeview 7, Sky 17 & Virgin 159 or view on-line through the catch up service the next day via this link.


Painting the Pavilion – news update May 3, 2017

Volunteers enjoying a well-earned tea-break in the shade of the freshly-painted Pavilion.

A chance conversation between one of our visitors and Stewart Holmes (Therapeutic Horticulturalist) led to a generous donation that sees our Pavilion receiving a paint-makeover courtesy of artisan paint manufacturers Farrow & Ball.

Emily Harrold (Colour Consultant for Farrow & Ball’s Solihull Showroom) held a children’s birthday party at Martineau Gardens, earlier this year. Stewart explained to her that our original Earth Oven had been lime washed with a Farrow & Ball product that had been very successful. On hearing how Martineau Gardens has been raising funds to refurbish the hundred-year old Pavilion to insure that this much-loved and oft-used building is here to stay for the future, she arranged with the company for Farrow & Ball to supply the paint. The exterior walls have been painted in a colour, pleasingly named ‘ Lichen’.

The Pavilion’s fresh coat of paint has been finished, thanks to the work of local social enterprise and building contractors, Jericho, just in time for our twentieth anniversary celebrations at the Spring Event on Sunday 14 May. Our thanks to both Farrow & Ball and Jericho for this. We do hope you’ll be able to join us at this event.

Find out all about our plans and progress in refurbishing this unusual building.

Courses update April 26, 2017

Spring is the time for courses at Martineau Gardens, many of these are inspired by activities that happen here regularly: growing food, cooking it and cooking outdoors. Here’s your chance to join in!  Once again, we’ve teamed up with Loaf Cookery School to host ‘Forage and Cook’  and ‘Build an Earth Oven’ courses. So many of our customers who hire the Gardens for parties and family celebrations are interested in using our Earth Oven to bake the party food, so in response to popular demand, we’ve introduced a new Earth Oven Baking course with the Earth Oven expert, Lizzy Bean. Advance booking is essential — our Bee Keeping courses have sold out, so don’t delay if there is a course you’re particularly interested in.