A Refurbished Pavilion

In our twenty first year (2018) we refurbished our Pavilion, ensuring that this much-loved and oft-used building is now here to stay for the future.

September to October 2017: We ran a crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for the next steps of the refurbishment. We made a film to explain. From November onwards, you can continue to donate to the refurbishment of Martineau Gardens on-line here, via LocalGiving. 

March 2017: Refurbishment of our buildings  got underway— social enterprise Jericho waterproofed, insulated and painted the Pavilion. The former office has been transformed into a welcoming Reception area, with plenty of space for volunteers to relax and a brand new kitchenette has been installed.

Martineau Gardens remains open during the refurbishment to the Pavilion.

A refurbished Pavilion will ensure that Martineau Gardens can remain open and free to enter for the people of Birmingham by allowing us to continue providing events, and opportunities for volunteering, education, relaxing and experiences of wild nature.

Why refurbish the Pavilion?

The Pavilion, though charming and a valued part of the character of Martineau Gardens, was never meant for winter use. It’s draughty and hard to heat, and in a generally poor state of repair. We began the refurbishment work in late 2016 by relocating the Volunteers’ Room to the Mollie Martineau building. The former room in the Pavilion, was cramped and uncomfortable, and the kitchen inadequate, even for basic food preparation but now our united Volunteer Room and Reception area is light, area and welcoming – we want to apply the same transformation to the Pavilion, with your support, our Crowdfunding Appeal will make this happen.

(The Pavilion before the roof was replaced, picture dated Autumn 2016)

The layout of the Pavilion limits our ability to hold events, particularly when the weather is inclement.

Progress so far

Due to the generosity of 16 charitable trusts, we have successfully raised over £48,000 for the refurbishment. This has allowed us to begin work on the Pavilion:

  • The roof has been replaced (no more leaks!)
  • Asbestos roof tiles have been removed
  • The outside walls have been painted a lovely ‘lichen’ colour, courtesy of Farrow & Ball
  • The new volunteers’ room has been kitted out with a modern kitchen

The next steps

The current layout of the Pavilion limits our ability to hold events and school visits particularly when the weather is inclement. Refurbishing the Pavilion will make the space warmer, more comfortable, and more practical. We will save money on heating bills and reduce our impact on the environment.

Refurbishment will involve:

  • Changing the layout of the Pavilion, knocking walls through
  • Installing a wood burning stove (already pledged to us!)
  • Fitting secondary glazing on the windows
  • Adding new guttering and drainage
  • Rewiring
  • Removing remaining asbestos
  • Insulating the walls and roof with Sheep’s wool
  • Putting in a modern kitchen

Photo credits: Swaledale sheep, Lake District, photo by DAVID ILIFF, license: CC-BY-SA 3.0 sheep’s wool, photo credit: Shadowcat, wikicommons

Our Refurbishment Plans

Layout changes will provide:

∙ More space for events and school groups            ∙ A professional kitchen          ∙ Warmer, practical space

 Five reasons to support the refurbishment

Our Pavilion was constructed pre-war – it’s intrinsic to the ‘feel’ and special character of Martineau Gardens and it’s a much loved building.

1.Wildlife for children

A refurbished Pavilion creates a big, dry classroom space providing a better experience for local primary school children who come to the Gardens on environmental education visits, and extend the school visit beyond the drier months.

2. A space for you

A multi-functional space for YOU to hire for your parties and family celebrations; a place for your organisations’ meetings and training courses

3. A building that doesn’t cost the earth

Warm, dry and watertight, the Pavilion will need less ongoing repair work. By cutting our energy usage, we’re protecting the wider environment as well.

4. A garden for everyone

Refurbishment helps us to increase our income from venue hire to help keep the Gardens open for free for everyone and …

5. … the Therapeutic Horticulture project continues

Martineau Gardens needs your help!

By donating to the Refurbishment Appeal, you have the opportunity to convert your generosity to a lasting impact, helping to keep the Gardens open and free for the people of Birmingham to visit.

Ways to donate:

Online donations: www. localgiving.org/charity/martineau-gardens 

Telephone: 0121 440 7430 to make a card payment

Post: Post a cheque (made payable to Martineau Gardens) to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG

… or pop into see us with cash. It all counts, and if you’re a UK tax payer, we can claim the Gift Aid making your gift worth a further 25p per £1 you donate.

A damselfly basking in sunshine by the pond, at Martineau Gardens

A damselfly basking in sunshine by the pond, at Martineau Gardens

Photocredit: Morgan Bowers