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BOSF March Update

BOSF Social Events

It is great to see so many of you now face to face as well as online still.

We have had two very successful Coffee Mornings so far this year at Edgbaston Reservoir and Ideal Village Park.

We have now sorted out a programme of socials for you to add in to your diarys and we hope to see you there:

April - BOSF AGM, Wednesday 27th April from 5pm to 7pm
          Winterbourne Gardens
          Arrive earlier for a free walk around the gardens and we will be in The Tool Shed
          Tea/coffee & cake provided
          Please Book now as places are limited!
          Contact Sarah at

May - BOSF Lunchtime at Cotteridge Park, The Shed
          Thursday 12th May at 12.30pm
          Bring a sandwich and we will supply drinks and cake

June - BOSF Tea Time, Wednesday 8th June at 4pm

           Join Zoom Meeting -
           Evening Social
at National Trust's The Roundhouse,1 Sheepcote St, B16 8AE

           Monday 20th June from 6pm to 8pm

July - Evening Social at Edgbaston Reservoir with Edgbaston Sailing Club
         Date to be confirmed

September - BOSF Coffee Morning on Wednesday 14th September at 11am
                    Hosted by the Holders Woods Conservation group

October - BOSF Conference at The Exchange, Centenary Squary
                In partnership with the University of Birmingham
                Saturday, to be confirmed

November - BOSF Coffee Morning
                   To be confirmed

December - BOSF Christmas Lecture at The Exchange, Centenary Square
                   In partnership with the University of Birmingham
                   Evening to be confirmed

We hope to see you at our range of social events and please book now to reserve your place for the AGM at Winterbourne Gardens!


The Get Social Cafe at Frankley

It's time to get social again!

Come and join the Friends of Balaam’s Wood on Friday 25th March from 10.30am-12.30pm, at No 4 Arden Road, B45 0JA

Come along and discover all the things happening in Frankley and the wider area.

You can talk to those who provide all kinds of activities from Tai Chi to craft sessions.

If you are looking to volunteer, make new friends, get fitter or try something new then come along and find out more.

Free Refreshments!


Magic Little Grants Fund
Small local charities and community groups can apply now for small grants to support community projects in Great Britain that address a number of different themes:
  • Improving mental wellbeing

  • Enabling community participation in the arts

  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty

  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces

  • Enabling participation in physical activity

  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability

  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Click here to find out more!

Asda Foundation
The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, they are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects.
Click here for more information.

Impact of Local Green Space (LGS) Designation

CPRE have published the results of research which looked at the impact of the Local Green Space (LGS) designation, introduced a decade ago, which allows local people to protect places of special value to the community.

The LGS designation offers the same level of protection as Green Belt or National Park status.  In the past decade, 6,515 LGS have been designated, over 80% partly for their recreational value - highlighting their importance for people seeking outdoor exercise which is so important for their health and wellbeing.

To download their report, click here!

The People in Nature Survery for England Update

The People and Nature Survey for England has released new monthly indicators looking at the impact of COVID-19 on people's enjoyment, access and attitudes to the natural environment and its contributions to wellbeing. The data published on the 9th February 2022 was collected during 1st -  31th January 2022.

Indicators for January 2022 have been published as Official Statistics and generated using specific weighting methods. For more information please see our brief statement.

Key findings can be seen below, for all monthly interim indicator results please see the full publication. 

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