Long Park Corridor Reports Swan Corner

Watch this space: Swan Corner

Sticking a spade into a grassy patch near a roundabout for the first time felt a little naughty.  I had a feeling a van would turn up at any minute and take me away.  Passers by were all encouraging of any attempt to make things better.  Many of them didn’t believe the willow fedge I […]

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Exploring road space going global

It’s always interesting to see how other people do things.  Here’s an apparently accidental solution to slowing traffic in San Francisco, with the added benefit of tourists slowing  traffic in much faster adjacent roads to get their photo taken.  This road is now marked in tourist guides including lonely planet we were using, promoted as […]

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Come to The Park With Many Names, Saturday 7 December

Come to Howard Road Park, walk down to Albert Road Park, cycle over to Corner Park or break into Cage Park! Whatever you call it, this is an open invitation to join in with play and planning, bring along your boules, chairs, swing-ball, anything you’d like to see in the park. It’s National Tree Dressing Day, […]

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Kings Heath Long Park Corridor

The ‘Long Park Corridor’ is a mile of green areas along Howard Road, Howard Road East and Wheelers Lane. Apart from Howard Road Play Park, these green areas are unused, except as places that people pass through. We see huge potential in this as a transport route, a floral and edible growing trail, a play space, […]

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Organise for playing out

It was a rainy day, but didn’t dampen resolve on Kings Heath Square to close more streets next year and open them for play. We were well supported by Parks for Play and Hall Green Arts, providing a range of creative activities, and two previous street coordinators were there to answer questions over a cuppa […]

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Gnome from Home; Howie’s mission

Howie is an ordinary Gnome on an extraordinary mission – to save the planet,  one gnome at a time. See if you can spot special agent Howie at Lifford Lane in this video: You may also be spotting him along Birmingham’s newest park in Kings Heath, so new it only has a working title, Long […]

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Reclaiming the Roundabout

I pass the roundabout next to Kings Heath Primary every day – It’s regularly the site for frayed tempers and near accidents. It was designed on the ‘open space’ concept – for drivers and pedestrians to make way for each other, the intention being to open up the road for more vulnerable bikes and pedestrians. […]

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Space Probe Picnic in the Garden!

On Thursday 18 July, our Space Explorers event in the garden at Heathfield Road Community Centre saw well over thirty people enjoying the food provided, as well as getting involved with scarecrow making, house building and drawing the garden. There are more photos of the event here Over the two hour event we used maps and […]

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Addison Road Methodist Church Site

Between number 87 and 89 on Addison Rd is a site where once stood a prefab Methodist Chapel.  There is a good deal of greenery visible over the wooden fence that now encloses this patch of land. Please comment below to add your perspective.  Who owns this land? Do they have any plans for it? […]

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Playing Out good news!

There’s lots of good news on the Playing Out events being planned for Wednesday 7 August on Albert Road and Goldsmith Road in Kings Heath.  Birmingham City Council, are waiving road closure fees and Public Liability Insurance is being covered by the Police. Also there has been an offer of a music practitioner from Hall […]