Martineau Wins a Green Flag July 30, 2013

IMG_2343Martineau Gardens Wins Best Green Space Award

Martineau Gardens has been recognised as one of the best community run green spaces in the country by winning a prestigious Green Flag Community Award, for the fourth year in a row. To celebrate the good news, visitors and volunteers dropped in for a cuppa on Tuesday 30 July at 12.30noon, to watch the official flag unfurled beside the vegetable beds. We were joined by photographers from the Post & Mail and EHN News – to see the set of photos – click here for a link through to our flickr page.

Martineau Gardens is among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that are receiving the award. The Green Flag Community Awards (part of the Green Flag Award scheme) is a national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Martineau Gardens stood out after impressing the inspector. The Gardens were judged against eight criteria: a welcoming place; healthy safe and secure; clean and well maintained; sustainability; conservation and heritage; community involvement; marketing and management.

The Community Garden though only two miles from Birmingham city centre is a green oasis that is teeming with wildlife. There’s plenty for visitors to explore including woodland, glass houses, a formal garden, an orchard, vegetable plots, a wildflower meadow, a pond, a wildlife area with SLINC status and a ‘Shipwreck’ children’s play area. The Gardens also run an annual events programme and sell plants, produce and jams.

Caroline Hutton, Director, Martineau Gardens said:

Martineau Gardens are a community-run garden that’s open for free to the public. This award is a tribute to the dedication of our volunteers who work hard to keep the gardens a beautiful and tranquil spot for Birmingham people to come and relax in.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said:

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life.”

Martineau Gardens are open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and are free entry. The Gardens are at 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG. Located five minutes from the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital. Information at www.martineau-gardens.org.uk or by calling 0121 440 7430.

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Our Big Gig Sun 14 July June 28, 2013

About Our Big Gig

Our Big Gig is a community music celebration which takes place across the UK from the 11th to the 14th July 2013. This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.

On The Edge Fusion Youth Orchestra are organising ‘Our Big Gig’ here at Martineau Gardens on Sunday 14 July, 2pm – 6pm – to find out about all the amazing things they’ve got planned, click here.



Midsummer Poetry Picnic May 29, 2013

Sunday 16 June, 2pm – 6pm

‘Screen of Brightness’ is a poetic collaboration by our own Volunteer Meredith Andrea, and Fiona Owen, published by Cinnamon Press. It will be launched on Sunday 16 June at Martineau Gardens at A Midsummer Poetry Picnic.

The event starts at 2pm, with poetry readings from 3pm. Cakes and drinks provided – bring a picnic and listen to Fiona & Meredith supported by guest readings from:

Garrie Fletcher

Joan Poulson

Jacqui Rowe

Charles Wilkinson

All welcome –  please send an RSVP to  [email protected] to let Cinnamon Press know you are coming.

To read about ‘Screen of Brightness’, visit the Cinnamon Press’ website.



Midsummer Poetry Picnic May 29, 2013

Sunday 16 June, 2pm – 6pm

‘Screen of Brightness’ is a poetic collaboration by our own Volunteer Meredith Andrea, and Fiona Owen, published by Cinnamon Press. It will be launched on Sunday 16 June at Martineau Gardens at A Midsummer Poetry Picnic.

The event starts at 2pm, with poetry readings from 3pm. Cakes and drinks provided – bring a picnic and listen to Fiona & Meredith supported by guest readings from:

Garrie Fletcher

Joan Poulson

Jacqui Rowe

Charles Wilkinson

All welcome –  please send an RSVP to  [email protected] to let Cinnamon Press know you are coming.

To read about ‘Screen of Brightness’, visit the Cinnamon Press’ website.



Midsummer Poetry Picnic May 29, 2013

Sunday 16 June, 2pm – 6pm

‘Screen of Brightness’ is a poetic collaboration by our own Volunteer Meredith Andrea, and Fiona Owen, published by Cinnamon Press. It will be launched on Sunday 16 June at Martineau Gardens at A Midsummer Poetry Picnic.

The event starts at 2pm, with poetry readings from 3pm. Cakes and drinks provided – bring a picnic and listen to Fiona & Meredith supported by guest readings from:

Garrie Fletcher

Joan Poulson

Jacqui Rowe

Charles Wilkinson

All welcome –  please send an RSVP to  [email protected] to let Cinnamon Press know you are coming.

To read about ‘Screen of Brightness’, visit the Cinnamon Press’ website.



Spring Event Sun 12 May April 25, 2013

IMG_1520 OAt work in Martineau Gardens Pottery Studio

 

 

 

 

Enjoy live music, delicious homebaked food and family friendly activities at the Martineau Gardens annual Spring Event on Sunday 12 May 2013, from 11am – 3pm, in partnership with Local Food Global Food. We’re holding a family friendly fete all afternoon, perfect for relaxing in the Gardens in the height of Spring and having fun. For full details visit the Spring Event page, here.



Big Dig Seed Event 16 March February 25, 2013

Gardeners' bounty - peas fresh from the pod

Gardeners’ bounty – peas fresh from the pod

The Big Dig is the biggest ever community gardening day with events taking place across the country. Here in Birmingham, Big Dig Brum events are taking place on Saturday 16 March and you can join in at the Martineau Gardens’ Big Dig Seed Event. There will be hands-on gardening workshops, a seed swap, plants to buy and a seed bombing activity for children. To find out more about what we’ve got planned, visit the Seed Event page here. Oh … and it’s free entry!



Big Dig Meeting – Be Part of It January 11, 2013

 

The Big Dig in Birmingham

Big Dig Brum is calling on individuals and groups with an interest in community food growing to attend a meeting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 16 January, 2013, at 7pm and become involved with planning one of the largest ever food growing volunteer action days.

Green-fingered enthusiasts will be able to find out more about Urban Food Growing in Birmingham and meet and network with like-minded groups and individuals. There will be presentations by local author and gardening journalist Alys Fowler and Mike Hardman (Researcher, Birmingham City University) on the need, importance and context of growing food in Birmingham.

Chris Blythe, the Inner City Garden said:

“If you are a member of an allotment, a friends of parks group, a community grow site, or an individual wanting to get involved, then this is the meeting you can’t miss.”

Attending the meeting is free. For more information contact [email protected] or [email protected] 0121 414 5382.

The Big Dig Meeting takes place on Wednesday 16 January, 7pm, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR.

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Big Dig Brum is supported by Growing Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Martineau Gardens, Horticulture Hub, Urban Veg @ University of Birmingham, InnerCityGarden, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and Birmingham Parks and Open Spaces.

 



Conservation Working Party January 7, 2013

 

 Photocredit: J Fletcher

If you fancy a bit of exercise that helps our wildlife, why not join this Saturday’s Winter Work Party, (Sat 9 February 2013) led by Jean Fletcher with Brian Perry our wildlife recorder. The work parties take place once a month in the woodland area of the Gardens. The conservation work includes coppicing trees and bushes, digging out roots, pruning hedges and clearing brambles and ivy.  The activity runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm, but if you can only do a morning or afternoon, that’s fine. In the event of severe weather, work parties will be cancelled. If you’d like to join us, please book in advance on 0121 440 7430 – we need your contact details in case the party gets cancelled.

Dates for the diary:

Winter Work Party. Sat 9 February and Sat 9 March  10.30am until 3.30pm. Free, but book in advance.

 

 



New Pottery Course December 17, 2012

Little Pottery Haven is running two new pottery courses in the Pottery Studio at Martineau Gardens on Mondays (10am – 12noon or 1.15pm – 3.45 pm) from 21 January 2013.

You’ll be able to learn basic pottery skills including slab rolling, coiling, thumb pots and glazing under the tuition of a BITA Pathways qualified pottery tutor. The course costs £60 for six weeks, includes the costs of all materials and tea and homemade cake. Advance booking is essential via the course organizers.

Contact:

For more information or to book a place:

Call BITA Pathways on 0121 359 2020 or e-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.littlepotteryhaven.com

Twitter:   @pottery_haven