Ingress, the wonder and disappointment of virtual war

How can I inspire the people who live around me to explore, improve and celebrate their local area? This has been the question driving two years of, what I call ‘Space Exploration’. Well, I certainly could get people exploring by encouraging them to play ‘Ingress‘. Ingress is a game, played on mobile phones and tablets […]


A Kings Heath Tree Can Dream

Have you noticed this tree outside the burnt-out Kingsway Cinema before? It looks out on to a car park on one side, and Kings Heath High Street on the other. But if it peers hard with its topmost branches, it can see Kings Heath Village Square at the top of the High Street, and all the markets, […]

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Playing out on National Playday

Six streets across Kings Heath and Moseley will be ‘Playing out’ on National playday, Wednesday 6th August 2014. They are: Gaddesby Road 10am to 1pm Goldsmith Road 2pm to 6pm Peacock Road 10am to 1pm Wheelers Lane 10am to 1pm Woodville Road 2pm to 4pm Valentine Road 1pm to 3pm Highway engineers have already confirmed […]

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Strawberry and bamboo

Jamie reports: We planted strawberries, weeding the hill as we went along. We also put fast-growing bamboo in a new area of land. Finally, we put a large log down as a bench.

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‘Cage’ Park Reconstruction

Jamie reports on the unnamed park on Albert road, known by some as cage park: ‘The park has recently begun being rebuilt, with trim trail equipment and a new gravel path. I went past there recently to see what it looked like, and how the construction was going. It seems to be almost complete, with just […]

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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 […]