Stick Man Trail

We’ve branched out! Come down and visit our fun-filled activity trail featuring popular picture book character Stick Man.

The self-guided trail is aimed at encouraging children aged 3-7 to get outdoors and explore the natural world and find out how things grow. If you want to ‘twig’ how much fun the trail can be, then visit us during opening hours * Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm (except Bank holidays and special events).

We are one of a very select group of city farms, community gardens and care farms in the UK that have been chosen to host a Stick Man trail, which have been created by Social Farms & Gardens, a charity that uses land-based activities to improve people’s lives and the places where they live. Find out more about Social Farms & Gardens via

The Stick Man trail (installed thanks to the support of Magic Light Pictures) is based on the much-loved Stick Man picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Exploring the woodland at Martineau Gardens

Feedback from our visitors:

“A lovely activity for the family. Great to introduce children to how much fun nature can be! Good for a wide variety of children’s ages too.”

Plan your visit Martineau Gardens

Martineau Gardens is a beautiful community garden, set in 2.5 acres of organically managed land, just 2 miles from Birmingham city centre – to plan your visit and see what facilities we have, click here.

Martineau Gardens is open * Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm, it is free to enter, unless there is a special event on – please check our What’s On page and News page for special announcements. On International Cricket days, the car park is not available and Edgbaston becomes very busy, we would suggest visiting another day.

Stick Man – Special Activities – Forthcoming Dates:

Whilst participation in the Stick Man trail is free, we also run occasional Special Activities, these are sessions for which you need to purchase a ticket in advance (click here to see what’s planned).

To stay up to date with news and events from Martineau Gardens (including announcements of Stick Man activities, sign-up to receive our bulletins (follow the link below).

*Stick Man Activity Packs:

Wondering about the pipe-cleaners and the google eyes? Purchase a Stick Man activity pack when you next visit the Gardens – £2.50 donation – click here to find out more. 


Watch our environmental educator, Juliette Green, making a Stick Man out of twigs and craft materials, in the woodland at Martineau Gardens:

*Coronovirus Update: During the pandemic, our opening times are affected. Please read the latest information in our statement here.

Support Martineau Gardens

Entry to Martineau Gardens is free (except for Special Events and Courses) – we welcome donations. There will be an opportunity to donate at the Stick Man Trail welcome point – to find out more about Martineau Gardens and our mission, click here.

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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.