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 (facebook.com/folksy-theatre). 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



Cricket Parking ODI June 2, 2014

Tuesday 2 June, 2014

One Day International Cricket (England v Sri Lanka) is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, close to Martineau Gardens on Tuesday 2 June 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 Tuesday 2 June, 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 2pm (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.



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 www.marinebiology.co.uk/freshwater-life/newts

 



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.
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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
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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).



Sprucing Up January 7, 2014

Glasshouse Cleaning

Glasshouse Cleaning

Returning to Martineau Gardens in January after the winter break finds the volunteers with plenty of work to do, in spite of all the recent rain. The lawns, vegetables beds and borders are still waterlogged this week. So today the Garden Volunteers are making the most of the sunshine and giving the green glasshouse a spring clean. The shelving is being scrubbed and washed down to reduce the threat of pests and diseases overwintering. Come summer, this glasshouse will be full sweet black Hamburg grapes and the benches laden with plants  propagated by our Garden Volunteers.sweet black hamburg grapesAcross the path, the hot house next to the orchard is also receiving some TLC. Thanks to a donation from The William Dudley Trust, damaged glass panes are being replaced by Jericho Construction. This green house, which dates back to the origins of Martineau Gardens,  is where the more tender plants are cultivated. There are also Camellia sinensis (tea plant), orchids, a bird of paradise plant and a wide variety of cacti and succulents. In spring, cascades of jasmine fill the air with a sweet scent.

Repairing glass panels on the hot house

Repairing glass panels on the hot house



Winter work at Martineau Gardens December 17, 2013

Winter tasks at Martineau Gardens

Winter tasks at Martineau Gardens

Volunteering at Martineau Gardens continues over the winter months. It’s a perfect day for gardening today – it might be cold but blue skies, bright sunlight and a fire all make for a good day of volunteering. Not to mention  the sounds of the birds and scuffles of the woodland animals closeby in our wildlife area.  Today the Garden volunteers have been mulching paths, sweeping up the last of the leaves and are about to stop for a well earned teabreak around the fire.  Tree surgeons donate wood to Martineau Gardens, which over the winter months, volunteers chop into logs. The logs are then sold to our customers for wood burning stoves and open fires and profits are ploughed back into the running costs of the charity. Pictured here, Stewart and our Garden volunteers have been sorting out wood that’s suitable for chopping. The pieces that are just too knobbly to work with are creating a welcome warmth on this wintery day.

Don’t forget that Martineau Gardens is open throughout the winter months. Do visit us over winter, for a breath of fresh air, a stomp through the woodland or pick up some preserves and compost.

Opening times over the Festive Period:

Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, except closed Tuesday 24 December and reopen 10am Thursday 2 January.



Grow Your Tenner November 25, 2013

 

A tranquil spot by the Paper bark maple

Donate to Martineau Gardens, via Local Giving

We’re not suggesting money grows on trees, but the Grow Your Tenner Match Fund campaign, organised by fundraising website, Local Giving, will match donations of up to £10 made to Martineau Gardens via their website, and make it grow. This means, if you give  £10 to Martineau Gardens, and it qualifies for Gift Aid, Martineau Gardens would receive £21.54.

Make it go further with Match Funds

Here’s how match funds work via Local Giving:

£10.00   Your donation

+ £10.00   Donation matched by Localgiving.com

+ £ 2.50    Gift Aid (For UK taxpayers)

= £22.50

After a small processing fee, your £10 single donation with Gift Aid means that Martinau Gardens receives £21.54. A £10 donation without Gift Aid means the charity receives £19.16.

For supporters setting up regular monthly giving, new monthly donations set up during the campaign will be matched up to £10 for six months. Local Giving has £500,000 to allocate to small local charities, like Martineau Gardens. Local Giving will match donations until the £500,000 has been claimed. Donations made to Martineau Gardens via the Localgiving.com website by our supporters will be matched pound-for pound up to £10 per donation. And if you qualify, gift aid can be claimed to add another 25%.

Please don’t delay, this regional campaign runs for a short period of time.

We are very grateful to those of you who already support us with regular monthly giving, if you don’t give regularly but have been considering it, giving on-line via Local Giving is a straightforward way and of enormous benefit to Martineau Gardens, regular donations help us plan the cash flow and make sure that essential needs are met.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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6/8 Kafe November 11, 2013

IMG_1383We’re delighted that 6 / 8 Kafe, on Temple Row, Birmingham has selected Martineau Gardens to be their chosen charity this month.

Not only is this an opportunity for us to promote ourselves in the city centre but we’re also running a Christmas stall and ‘operating’ a gardening surgery. Pop in for a coffee, come and say hello and don’t forget to bring your gardening queries. These are the days that Martineau Gardens will be taking a little bit of the ‘garden’ into town:

Mon 18 November, Wed 27 November and Fri  6 December

From 12nooon until 6pm we’ll be selling jams, chutneys, cards and plants and from 4– 6pm, Stewart and Rachael (our Social and Therapeutic Horticulturalists) will be running a special drop-in garden questions surgery especially for customers at 6 / 8 Kafe.

Find out more about 6 / 8 Kafe:

Located close to St Phillips Cathedral  and opposite House of Fraser, at 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5HG.

Website: http://www.sixeightkafe.co.uk/

6 / 8 Kafe customers – Martineau Gardens is a 30 minute walk from the cafe (or an 8 minute bus ride, Nos 61 & 63 from New Street station). To plan your walking journey, use this link at walkit.com.

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