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BOSF Spring Newsletter

"It's Your Neighbourhood"
Event Feedback


It was great to see so many people at the It's Your Neighbourhood event last Saturday at Winterbourne House.

Thank you to Chris Vaughan from the Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir who spoke about Summerfield's entry to "It's Your Neighbourhood", to Fran Lee who spoke about Acocks Green Village In Bloom and Darren Share who spoke about Birmingham's entry to "Champion of Champions".

Robin Russell attended from the Heart of England in Bloom and he has kindly supplied the following documents that were requested: The campaign is not just about flowers, it is about the community working together to make a difference to their open space and local neighbourhood. Your group is already doing this, so it is free and easy to enter the campaign. Get more recognition for your volunteers and use the campaign as a platform to attract more support and sponsorship!

For more information please visit the Heart of England in Bloom Website.
BOSF Conference Saturday 21st May 2016

Our next Conference & AGM will be on Saturday 21st May at The Studio on Cannon Street again in the city centre.

Please book your place now by sending an email to Sarah Royal

More details to follow soon.

BOSF Coffee Morning
Monday 18th April

Victorian Tea Rooms, Kings Heath Park
11.15am to 12.30pm

The next BOSF Coffee Morning is at Kings Heath Park again on Monday 18th April at 11.15 am to 12.30pm in the Victorian Tea Rooms. There will be some tea, coffee & cake available, but come early as it could run out!

This is your chance to meet up with other groups and parks professionals to talk about any issues on your site.  We hope to see you there!
Growing Birmingham Network Event

Tuesday 12th April
Botanical Gardens

Join Growing Birmingham at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for their annual network event. Coinciding with the Big Dig Weekend, the evening will contain a variety of workshops including Funding Support, Social Media, Growing to Sell,  Volunteer Engagement & more!

Meet new people, discuss your projects and find inspiration for new ones!

The event will run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and is open for all. Click here for more information.

Walking Meditation at Highbury Park
Every Friday Starting 8th April 10.30am – 12.00

Free to join, all welcome.

An introduction to walking as a form of meditation and relaxation. This will at times be a slow moving activity to help increase personal and environmental awareness.
Meditation can help improve health and wellbeing.
Meeting together encourages social connections and sharing.
Sessions include practice, information and discussion.
Wear sturdy foot ware and dress appropriately for the weather which could be cold, sunny or raining.
Meet at the main entrance to Highbury park, Kings Heath High street/ Alcester road, by the notice board.
Or access the park via Shutlock Lane, Moseley B13 8NZ to use the car park.
For more information call: 0121 675 0937

Highbury Park Friends Events Calendar

April 2nd               Pond Dipping with Ellen Pisolkar - 10.30am to 12.30pm
May 7th                  Wildlife Walk with Paul Anthony - 10.30am to12.30pm
May 10th               HPF AGM. Moseley CDT. - 7pm to 9.00pm
May 28th              Wild Flower Walk with Tony Sames - 10.30am to 12.30pm 
June 11th              Meet the beekeepers. 2pm
July 9th                   Wildlife Walk with Paul Anthony. Butterflies - 10.30am – 12.30pm.
August                   Bat walk led by Brumbats.
September 27th    Austen Chamberlain’s Model Farm - A talk by Maureen Perrie, Moseley CDT. 7.30pm to 9.00pm

For all events, apart from the AGM and evening talks, meet in Highbury Park Car Park.
Events are free of charge and open to everyone
For events in the park please wear suitable footwear for walking over uneven ground.

Fields Millennium Green Trust Volunteer Taster Day
Saturday 2nd April, 11am to 3pm

See if you would like to join their volunteering team, where you can learn new skills and meet new people as well as helping to take care of your local green space for people and wildlife. Training and all protective clothing will be provided for regular volunteers.

Meet at the Millennium Green, off Longdales Road.

Contact or call / text Dee on 07971 407551 for more info

Invitation to "The Parks Where I Live"
Launch Event Wednesday 20th April 2016

At Perry Common Community Hall, 87 Witton Lodge Road, Birmingham B23 5JD
10.00am to 12.45pm  Seeing is Believing
1.30pm to 3.30pm  Doing's Even Better!
You are invited to join us to share your experiences and hear our ideas

The Vision: "Creating Living Parks that are well used and managed well"

We will share practical ideas and identify the needs & saving opportunities of this project. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a selection of outdoor activities that will visualise the project and allow for hands on experience.

To reserve your place at this event please call 0121 382 1930 or email Linda Hines

Lunch will be provided for those staying for the afternoon session!
Big Birmingham Bikes is encouraging more people to cycle in & around the city; making Birmingham healthier, greener, safer & less congested.
Big Birmingham Bikes has lots of exciting activities for you to take part in this Spring. Whether it’s cycling to the park, to the shops or work or purely for fitness and pleasure, we have something for all the family.
So why not take advantage of our services which are totally FREE!
  • Learn to Ride sessions, Ride Active, Led Rides, Short Term Day Loans, Inclusive Cycling Sessions, Fun Social Cycling Activities.
Volunteers needed to provide Day Loan Bike hire in Parks and Open Spaces
BBB is working with BOSF to open up more Cycle Containers in Parks and Open Spaces so the general public can hire a bike for FREE for the day to practice cycling or just explore.

We need volunteers to help us with this. If you are interested or want more information on our activity programme please contact Big Birmingham Bikes on 0121 464 1020 or by email on
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