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BOSF May Newsletter

BOSF Social Events

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

We have had some very successful; Coffee Mornings so far and we now invite you to join us for a lunchtime social at Cotteridge Park on Thursday 12th May, at 12.30pm. Bring along a sandwich and we will supply tea. coffe and cake. We are being kindly hosted by the Friends of Cotteridge Park at The Shed.

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

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 8th October

November - BOSF Coffee Morning
                   To be confirmed

December - BOSF Christmas Lecture at The Exchange, Centenary Square
                   In partnership with the University of Birmingham
                   Wednesday 7th December, evening

We look forward to seeing you at Cotteridge Park this month!

Thank you to everyone who is sending in their monthly volunteering data. This helps us to highlight the amazing work done by volunteers in our parks and open spaces!
“WOW! These figures are truly impressive once more and in particular in light of all the challenges over the last year! Huge and genuine thanks to you and BOSF and all our Friends Groups for the continued supports and real difference you all make to our Parks.” Joe Hayden Parks Services Manager
“Just to echo Joe’s comments. There are a tiny number of my own hours in there, but that’s a brilliant achievement by everyone.  Please pass my thanks back to the groups who have done such great work for our parks.” Councillor John O’Shea Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks


Naturally Birmingham April Newsletter

Please click here to read the April 2022 Newsletter for the Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Accelerator Project.

To read all their newsletters and the latest information from Naturally Birmingham, visit their website by clicking here.


Get Grants Free Fundraising Event

Get Grants are hapy to announce a Free Get Together with Funders on Tuesday 24th May at Moseley Hive, 93a Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD.

The event will consist of a series of short presentations by Get Grants and a variety of funders, to highlight funding opportunities that are available in the region. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for people to network and gain additional knowledge with others who share similar interests. 

This event is for local community groups to attend and network with others, to seek advice from Get Grants staff, to converse informally with funders and partners, and to use the time/space to work on their own grant applications.
  • Morning Session: 9:30am – 12:30pm – Book your free place by clicking here
  • Afternoon Session: 1:15pm – 4:15pm – Book your free place by clicking here
The event will be run across morning and afternoon sessions. This is to provide as many people as possible with opportunities to safely attend and are working closely with our venue to avoid overcrowding. These sessions are repeats so we request you kindly only book onto one session.

For more information on the event.please click here.

Events at Highbury Park

The Highbury Park Friends would like to invite you to their following events:

Sunday 10th July - walk around the Henburys, Highbury’s lost house with Andy Bishop, Kings Heath Local History Group. 10.30am. Meet in the car park.

Tuesday 6th September - Bat night: Walk the night with Brumbats. 7.30pm. Meet in the car park

All events are free and everyone is welcome.

Sutton Town Council Local Hero's Awards

Congratulations to the new Friends of Stephen’s Pond who won a Local Hero’s Award 2022 for community champions across Sutton Coldfield, from the Sutton Coldfield Town Council.

The Friends of group formed in 2021 with the aim to improve the woodland and green space around Stephen’s Pond. Founder Susan Rooke was delighted with the award saying “We are creating a beautiful space for future generations; our aim is to put Stephen’s Pond on the map – this is only the start of what we can achieve.”

Conservation Foundation launched grants for small environmental projects

Good news for anyone running a small community environmental project - The Conservation Foundation, in partnership with Foresters Financial, has just announced the launch of some new awards. The Growing a Better Future project is inviting communities in Bristol, Chelmsford, and Birmingham to apply for one of three new grants to help their own local environment flourish with funds and volunteer power.

Grants will be awarded in the following categories:

Pick Me Up Community Clean-up projects - in parks, riverbanks, roadsides, or anywhere in the community that would be improved by a big clean-up

Bee the Change Pollinator Projects – planting much-needed habitat that bees and other  vital pollinating insects need for food, shelter, and nurseries

Grow it Forward Community Garden projects - for those without access to their own gardens to enjoy the thrill of eating home grown vegetables

£ 2,000 will go to each winning ‘Bee the Change’ and ‘Grow it Forward’ project

£1,000 will go to the winning ‘Pick Me Up Community Clean-up project to help buy materials and promote their work.

The deadline for entry is May 31st 2022, and you can find all the information and an application form can be found by clicking here.


Activity Pack from Thrive

With over 40 years of experience in social and therapeutic horticulture, Thrive understand how effective gardening and nature activities are for bringing people together.

They have put together an activity pack called 'Connecting with nature, connecting with people', which provides a number of gardening and nature activities that are ideal for two or more people to take part in together.

Find out more and sign up for your free activity pack by visiting their website, click here!

Commonwealth Games Young Persons Grant

‘The Commonwealth Games Young Persons Grant’ is managed by Birmingham’s Youth City Board who are aged 11 to 18. This is a pot of money that young people can apply for to help them with improving their mental and physical health.

It is hoped that this funding will make a difference to young people by offering financial support so they can access opportunities and get the equipment they need to get involved in activities that will help them feel fitter and healthier.

Apply and receive £150 for individual support or £300 as part of a team.
For further details, email:


The Children's People and Nature Survey for England 2021

The ‘Children’s People and Nature Survey’ run by Natural England provides information on how children and young people experience and think about the natural environment. It is run twice a year, once in holiday time and once in term time.

The findings include:
  • In the past week, 59% of children and young people said they had spent time outside in their garden (for those that had one) most or every day (7% never did this), and 53% said they had spent time in places other than their own garden most or every day (6% never did this).
  • Out of a range of outdoor spaces listed, gardens, parks/playing fields/playgrounds and grassy areas in the streets nearby were most often visited by children and young people in the last week.
  • 80% of children and young people in this survey agreed that looking after the environment was important to them and 83% said they wanted to do more to look after the environment.
  • Over half of children reported recycling (71%), turning taps (63%) and lights off (57%) and picking up litter (52%) to look after the environment.
To read more and view the full data, please click here.

 Parks and Green Spaces for England and Wales valued at  £25.6 Billion a Year

Recent research (funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) puts the welfare value of England’s greenspaces at £25.6bn a year.
Using the ORVal tool, outdoor recreation value tool developed by researchers at the University of Exeter, the study also identifies the top 10 most valuable recreation sites, all of which are in or around urban areas.
Click here to read more.

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