Winter Conservation Volunteers days in B14

Winter Conservation Work days 2017-2018.

The Ranger service relies on volunteer help to manage sites for wildlife conservation. Covering a variety of habitats at different locations, activities and tasks vary. Helping the Rangers and Friends groups, volunteers do what they can to help. Tools and gloves are provided.

There are a number of Friends groups attached to the different parks and they work alongside the Rangers to care for our Green open spaces.

Dress for outdoor work and bring a snack to munch.

Starting at 10am, sessions are usually 2-3 hours.

Winter tasks include: coppicing, thinning out trees, tree planting, wet land management, litter picking and monitoring wildlife.

Below is a list of sites and where to meet and workdays.

For more information contact Kings Heath Ranger Service on: 0121 675 0937

Conservation sites in B14

Brandwood Pool: Meet Whittington close, B14 6JW    10am

Sunday 21st January – Brandwood Pool

Sunday 18th February – Brandwood Pool

Jasmin Fields: meet at the double gates, B14 5AL

Saturday 25th November – Jasmin Fields

Saturday 9th December – Jasmin Fields

Kings Heath Park: Meet by the main Park House, Vicarage road B14 7TQ


Saturday 14th October – Kings Heath Park

Sunday 28th January – Windermere Big bird watch


Kings Heath Forum Networking Day 7th Oct 10 – 4pm

Kings Heath Forum Networking Day 10-2pm 7th October at All Saints Centre.
The purpose of the day is to give local residents the chance to meet a variety of organisations that provide advice, help and support, whether that’s a social activity that also benefits the community as a whole or advice specific to an individual.

Chair of Brandwood Forum , Karen Osborne  will be there so come and say hello!



Draft Ward Plan for Brandwood

Brandwood Ward Development Plan and the New Ward Boundaries May 2018
At our September meeting Cllr.Mike Leddy presented the Brandwood Ward Development Plan. He has asked residents look through  and email comments/suggestions to him before 6th October :
Please remember that there will be new ward Boundaries from May 2108 and therefore the current Brandwood Ward will be divided: the South section of Brandwood ( below Broad Lane& Tunnel Lane through to the Lock) will become Druids Heath & Monyhull Ward and the North section of Brandwood( Above Broad lane and Tunnel) will join Kings Heath ward to become the new Brandwood & Kings Heath Ward.Therefore I would suggest that residents take account of which new ward they will joining as to the suggestions which they make.
Also to add to the confusion…!! ALL Birmingham City Councillors will be standing down in May 2018 and so at the moment we do not know which Councillors will be representing the two new Wards.

Draft Ward Development Plan
So I’d suggest that residetns ought to attend our next meeting 18th October to find out more!  Chair, Karen Osborne

Map of Brandwood South in 1838

Andy Underscore : Local wildlife photographer and Map historian check out his website

I have a personal interest in old maps, and the history of the South Birmingham area where I live. In my spare time I decided an interesting project would be to digitise the 1838 tithe map of Kings Norton, including the land use and names of the land parcels as they appear in the accompanying tithe book (both of these are available to view in Birmingham Library).

This map is a work in progress, and I’m doing bits and pieces as I find time. My eventual aim is to map the entirety of the Parish of Kings Norton (of which Moseley, Kings Heath, Stirchley, Cotteridge were all part of before they became part of Birmingham).

Free Bikes for Residents – check now if you are eligible!

Free bike application process open

Residents can now apply for a free bike as part of the Big Birmingham Bikes programme. Birmingham City Council has announced that 2,000 adult bikes will be given away. The announcement says that priority will be given to families who plan to cycle together. A child’s bike bank will be launched later in the year.

In order to qualify for a free bike, people must live within an eligible postcode. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here. (There is a postcode checker at the bottom of the page.) The page also explains the other requirements that must be fulfilled before you can qualify for a free bike.

The application form can be accessed from here.

Save Allenscroft Childrens Centre Meeting 1.30pm 29th June 2017

 Allens Croft childrens centre is currently the target of many cuts in finances and services and possibly even closure. This would be devastating for our local community. Barnardos has favoured chinbrook centre over our outstanding centre. This will be an hours walk or two buses for brandwood residents to gain access to vital services. The consultation document is very misleading and we need many people to complete it and choose the centre to try our best to save it.
The initial meeting is today 29th June at 1.30 at Allens croft childrens centre.

There is an online document also that local residents have the opportunity to prioritise the centre.
There will also be a petition to follow.

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Brandwood Forum Meeting 21st June 2017

Birmingham has a shocking 10,000 homeless people, so I am delighted that Community Street Kitchen will be coming along to our next  meeting Wednesday 21st June  7- 8.30 at Monyhull Church.  This small charity  serves food Tuesdays and Saturdays to the homeless and those on low income.

Our meetings enable residents to raise issues or concerns about the local Environment, Police & Community Safety Issues, Planning Applications and find out about local events .

There will be tea and bsicuits and a warm welcome for all Brandwood Residents!