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BOSF February Newsletter

BOSF Virtual Socials

It is great to see so many of you at our virtual Coffee Mornings and Tea Tmes. If you have not been to one then we woud love to welcome you to join us. They will be run every two weeks.

Come and join the discussions!

The net BOSF Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 10th February at 11.00am
Join by clicking this link :

and then on Tuesday 23rd February at 4.00pm for the BOSF Tea Time
Join by clicking this zoom link:

If you have any questions about downloading or using Zoom, then please contact Mat on

We look forward to seeing you there!

News from the Future Parks Accelerator

Click here to read the Future Parks Accelerators (FPA) January Newsletter.

National Careers Week 1st – 6th March
FPA want to promote the green sector and how fantastic it is to work in the sector!
We’re asking for you to help us by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are working in partnership with Birmingham City Council’s Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Accelerator Programme and the local community to fundraise for The Dawberry Fields Reptile Project.  
The Trust are aiming to raise £2,000 to create habitats that will enable slow worm and common lizard to thrive by installing banks and stones that will provide safe places for these protected species to bask and hibernate.  The project will also provide a home for a range of other wildlife with the creation of wildflower areas.

Parks are important green spaces for local communities, and Dawberry Fields has been described as a ‘a hidden gem’ by local resident Kim who enjoys watching wildlife from bats to butterflies at this urban park.  The Trust hope that Kim will be able to add slow worm and common lizard to her wildlife watching list as a result of the project.

Donations can be made by visiting or by texting DAWBERRY to 70085 to give £10.  Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text DAWBERRYNOINFO to 70085.

New Online Tree Training

Do you love trees and want to know more?

Do you work with trees and want a qualification?

SEG Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture

Learn the theory behind:
  • Tree biology
  • Woodland management
  • Supply, planting and aftercare
  • Basics of tree surgery
  • Tree inspections
No previous experience needed.

First course starts April 2021
Deadline for applications 28 February
Course lasts 30 months with online tuition at weekends and evenings.

Sign up at

Funding - Your Community Matters Second Round

McLaughlin & Harvey, lead contractor at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has announced a second round of the You Matter Communities scheme – with a focus on tacking the local impact of COVID-19.

The scheme, open to all Birmingham-based community organisations, offers support to local communities, such as volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.

The first round of the You Matter Community Fund in August 2020 had an overwhelming response with applications received from across Birmingham. In total there were 17 community projects across the city that benefitted from grants worth a combined total of £15,000.

The second round of the You Matter Communities scheme is open for applications from January 25 to February 25 of this year.

Applications for the TimeBank and Community Fund and information on the ResourceBank can be found within the Alexander Stadium tab on the city council's Perry Barr Regeneration webpage.

Alternatively, you can contact the McLaughlin & Harvey team direct on

Free Fundraiser Networking with Get Grants

February Virtual Fundraiser Networking Event
There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together and share knowledge and experience. So, join this free event for a cuppa and a good old natter!
  • When – Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 10:00am
  • Where – Zoom – a meeting ID and password will be emailed to you prior to the event
Book a free place through Evenbrite

Helping our Hedgehogs with the Hedgehog Friendly Campus

The number of hedgehogs in urban gardens has decreased by 30% since the year 2000. This recent decline has been attributed to loss of hedgerows, greater usage of pesticides, litter, impermeable garden fencing and walls, and busy roads causing mortalities.

You can really help boost hedgehog numbers by following a few simple tips which can be found by clicking here!

Can you spot any of these habitats for hedgehogs around Birmingham’s green spaces during your daily exercise?

Click here to see the habitats.

International Parks & Green Spaces Hub Launched

Keep Britain Tidy have officially announced the launch of a new International Parks and Greenspaces Resources Hub as part of their ongoing management and development of the Green Flag Award program.

The launch was made at the recent Virtual World Parks Congress - hosted by World Urban Parks, and on the opening day of the conference attendees took part in a virtual presentation that demonstrated the accessibility and content of the Hub whilst also seeking feedback and recommendations for further resources.

The Hub mainly draws on existing resources from parks organisations around the world such as City Parks Alliance (USA), Park People (Canada) and The Royals Parks (UK). Resources are arrange in two filters: First under the Green Flag Award criteria headings, and second by resource type for easy searching and filtering across the platform.

The People & Nature Survey for England

The People and Nature Survey gathers people’s views and experiences of the natural environment and how it contributes to our health and wellbeing. 

The latest monthly interim indicators (experimental statistics) are available for November 2020.  The results show that in November almost two-thirds of the adult population had visited a green and natural space in the last 14 days, however a quarter had not spent any time in these places over the same time period’. 

To view the full set of results of the survey, click here.

Natural Capital of New Woodlands


A first of its kind study has provided quantitative evidence of the natural capital benefits of planting new woodlands in the UK. Commissioned by Scottish Forestry, woodland management firm Tilhill and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the study assessed a newly planted mixed woodland site.

The woodland, located at Larriston, the Scottish Borders, was then valued to measure its natural capital potential over the next 50 years. Natural capital is the stock of natural resources, including plants, soils, air, water and greenspace, which all combine to provide benefits to people.

In addition to future revenues from selling harvested timber, the analysis revealed substantial benefits for society through CO2 removals, flood alleviation and biodiversity from modern-day forestry.

The key future benefits were valued at around £20 million in today’s prices, which included almost 200,000 tonnes of timber, just under 150,000 tonnes of CO2 removals, and almost 3 million m3 of water stored in the forest.

Click here to read more.

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