Closed 31 July – 14 August July 28, 2023

Just a reminder, Martineau Gardens is closed 31 July to 13 Aug for construction work – we re-open 14 August – we look forward to seeing you then.


July festivities at the gardens July 24, 2023

Despite the challenges the weather threw at us, we’ve had a brilliant month of events this July – did you join us?


Gardening with young people July 14, 2023

Students at QAC planting sugar snap peas they have grown from seed

Meet Sally Watson-Jones, our Therapeutic Horticulture Assistant. Sally works with two groups of young people that visit Martineau Gardens from special educational needs (SEN) colleges, Baskerville School and Queen Alexandra College.


Sat 15 July – Charity Cricket Car Park July 10, 2023

Planning a visit to Martineau Gardens? We look forward to seeing you, but if you’re visiting the gardens on Saturday 15 July, please note that due to a Vitality Blast Cricket at nearby Edgbaston Stadium, we have no public parking available and there are traffic restrictions in place.


Sat 8 July – opening 11am July 7, 2023

Martineau Gardens is opening at 11am today due to volunteer training.


Garden Party Joy July 7, 2023

We had a terrific Garden Party on Saturday – were you there? Huge thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who got involved with supporting the event, whether donating prizes and gifts for the event, or giving up your time to help us.


Closed Sat 24 June – afternoon June 23, 2023

Martineau Gardens is open 10am until 1pm, but closed 1pm until 4pm

Charity cricket car park 16-19/06/23 June 16, 2023


With the Ashes, the Hundred Series, Vitality Blast Cricket happening on our doorstep at Edgbaston Stadium, cricket fans can pay a fee to park their car at Martineau Gardens on selected dates. Each cricket season we usually run a ‘cricket car park’, as a fundraising activity for the Gardens.  


New beekeepers trained June 12, 2023

A successful beekeeping course completed at Martineau Gardens this weekend, and 13 new students ready to become beekeepers! It might have been the hottest weekend of the year, but the atmosphere was wonderful, as students got ‘hands on with bees’ for an indepth introduction to the craft.

Thank you to our friendly students for all the enthusiasm and interest and our brilliant tutors, Sam Walker and Jane Nimmo

If you’d like to join a beekeeping course in the future at Martineau Gardens, keep an eye on announcements on social media or join our News and Events Mailing list

Bee there for bees May 19, 2023

It’s World Bee Day on 20 May 2023 and here at Martineau Gardens, we do all we can to make Martineau Gardens a beefriendly garden. Much of our appreciation of ‘bees needs’ is shared though our popular beekeeping courses. * Delivered by expert volunteer beekeepers, Sam Walker (Martineau Gardens Beekeeper) and Jane Nimmo (Let it Bee), these give members of the public a chance to put on a beekeeping suit, get hands-on with bees and begin to think if they themselves could become a beekeeper.

As a food-growing community garden, one of the things we aim to share with volunteers and visitors (including local school visits) is the importance of pollinators in the foodchain. We garden organically, and the volunteers on the therapeutic horticulture programme come to understand how by leaving a few nettles here, a pile of logs there, they’re supporting a range of pollinators from honey bees and bumblebees to hoverflies, butterflies, moths and beetles.

Insect pollinators are important for our environment and for biodiversity. Without them seed production by wild plants as well as flowers, vegetables and fruit grown in gardens would be jeopardised – pollinators allow plants to produce fruits and seeds which birds and other animals rely on. We were delighted to have our efforts in demonstrating pollinator friendly habitats and food sources to the public recognised by The Bees’ Needs Champions Awards recently.

Honey made by the bees of Martineau Gardens is currently on sale and available from the plant sales area – all profits from the sale of the honey is ploughed straight back into the charity.

Thank you to Sam and Jane for running the beekeeping courses, here at Martineau Gardens.

*Our beekeeping courses are sold out, but to go on the waiting list for any future courses, please email