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BOSF November Newsletter

BOSF Christmas Lecture 2022

Dear BOSF Member

We are still booking places for our Christmas Lecture on Wednesday 7th December at The Exchange, where we held the conference last month. Please book your place soon, as we are filling up fast!

We are very lucky to have Professor Moran from the University of Birmingham who will speaking about "Prison, Green Spaces and Health & Wellbeing"

Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start to the lecture, after which will be a session for questions and answers.

We then invite you to refreshments after at 7.30pm, to celebrate the end of a very busy year.

We need to confirm numbers and dietary requirements as soon as possible and we are limited, so please contact us as soon as you can.

Contact Sarah at by Friday 25th November and let us know the name, group and dietary requirements of all delegates.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


BOSF Membership Survey

To BOSF Members

It was great to see so many of you at the Conference recently. For those who were there, you will have heard Chris speaking about our new Membership Survey.

We are doing this survey to make sure that we understand who our members are and what they do.  By completing this short questionnaire, you will be helping to shape the future of Birmingham Open Spaces Forum. 

It should not take too long to do and we really appreciate your time and feedback.

Click here to start the survey.

Please can you send in your responses by 20th December, at the latest.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Mary at

Thank you in advance of your support.


BOSF Seed Corn Fund

To all BOSF Member Groups only

We hope you all know about our Seed Corn Fund and we would like to remind you that the free help and support is still there for you to use!

Just to remind you, a seed corn fund is when a little bit of money is invested to generate more money.

BOSF, with generous support from Birmingham City Council, want to help out Friends Groups by investing a little bit of money to generate more money for our parks and open spaces volunteers.

We can therefore offer you FREE help to work with Get Grants to help bring in the funding you need. 

Last year, with the help of Get Grants, we turned £10K in to over £100K.

This year we have already helped groups to bring in the total of £39,797, which has gone towards:
  • new picnic benches
  • playground equipment
  • new tools
  • and a variety of park activities!
Don't forget to think about your events next year and apply for funding for them now!

It is very easy, so start by clicking here and give us some information about your group and what you need funding for

Then Katie at Get Grants will be in touch to give you all the assist you need!

I you have any questions or need help, then please let us know by contacting Sarah at


Parks Survey 2022

Birmingham City Council Parks is carrying out their Parks Survey again this year.

Please click here to give your feedback about our parks and green spaces in Birmingham.

The survey closes on 30th November.

Thank you.

Self Assessment Tool from the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

The only free tool of its type, designed specifically to help the thousands of volunteer Friends groups who champion and improve their local UK parks and green spaces.  It is an enjoyable challenge and a neat way to test the current health of your group.
The Better Friends tool aims to help you understand and strengthen the effectiveness of your group, it will get you thinking about how you operate, how effective you are and highlight areas for improvement.
You will receive an emailed feedback report with an overall score for your group, plus a more detailed breakdown covering key topics such as - Organisation, Structure, Strengths, Effectiveness and Ambition.

Click here for the Better Friends Assessment!

The Importance of Green Space

Young, Green & Well
Parks for London recently conducted research to find out how young Londoners (aged 16-25) perceive, access and use greenspace for mental health and wellbeing.
Click here to read the report.
More local greenspace increases life expectancy
A Scottish study by the University of Glasgow found that an increased amount of natural space within local areas reduces ‘years of life lost’ and reduces the gap found when comparing life expectancy between least and most deprived areas.
Click here to read more.
Greenspace programme for people with problem drug/alcohol use
Research building on the
Greenspaces for Mental Health guide created collaboratively by Stirling University, TCV and Dundee Green Health Partnership, explores how greenspace programmes might be effective in supporting people with problem substance use (a realist interview study), and proposes a refined framework to consider. Click here to read more.
Time spent in bluespace when young continue to bring health benefits in later life
Data from 18 countries shows a consistent pattern of association between childhood exposure to bluespace (coasts, rivers, lochs) and adult wellbeing.
Click here to read more.

Football Foundation Funding

Playzones (Small Sided Sports Facilities) is an initiative funded by the Football Foundation.  It aims to explore the possibility of developing new outdoor sports spaces across 12 wards within Birmingham in the north, east and south-east of the city. 

These wards are:

Area 1: Perry Barr, Gravelly Hill, Handsworth, Aston and Lozells.

Area 2: Alum Rock, Ward End, Balsall Heath West, Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East, Bordesley Green, Small Heath, Heartlands.

Any location within these areas will potentially benefit from this funding. 

The Football Foundation have asked for the views of the local community in each area, to suggest what projects people would like to see funded. 

To have this information and get an accurate sense of what the community want to see; we kindly ask if you can take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with everyone you know.  

The more surveys we can complete, and the more suggestions & ideas provided to us; the more chance we have of securing the funding for these projects. 

Click here to start the survey!

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