We've got another consultation about the future of the pavilion and site on 12 November at MAC (in Cannon Hill Park) from 1.00 - 4.00 pm when you can meet the architect, Ian and talk with Rowena who is leading our consultation for us.  There will also be FREE arts based activities for children and a raffle with prizes donated by local artists and businesses.  We would love to see you there and hear your views.

If you can't get along to MAC next week you can still let us know your views by completing the online consultation which is open until 20 November - to do this follow the link below.  We've even got a prize draw for all those taking part, with prizes of a £10.00 Love Shop voucher (can be used in many high street stores) and copy of Katy Bennett's lovely CD, "Songs of the River Rea" and a bottle of wine.

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Here's the link to the online consultation.


posted 13 Nov 2016, 13:03 by Field Friend

Our consultation on the future use of our pavilion and fields closes next Sunday, 20 November.  We really do want to hear from as many people as possible, so please complete online consultation – the link to it is below.

We’re sure you don’t need more encouragement, but we’ve still got an online draw for everyone who takes part.  Prizes are

·        CD “Songs of the River Rea” by Katy Bennett (donated by Katy)

·        £10.00 Love Shops voucher – can be used in many high street stores

·        Bottle of wine

Don’t Put it off – complete the survey NOW!  Here’s the link:-

Check out the Ranger Activities on our site and local parks during October

posted 6 Oct 2016, 03:37 by Field Friend






EVERY TUESDAY                                   Talking Walks                                                            Kings Heath Park                                     10:30am – 12:30pm                                               

Walk and talk, a gentle stroll around the park looking at the changing seasons and chatting on topics of interest. Meet at Kings Heath Park House, Vicarage Rd. Kings Heath, B14 7TQ. An Active Parks session.                                                     

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL 28TH OCTOBER       Walking Meditation                     

Highbury Park                                                 10:30am – 12pm                                               

Introduction to walking meditation as a way to relax, meet people, enjoy the park and increase self- awareness. Involves silent walking, helpful literature and some discussion time. Consistant  practice, leads to results. Meet at the entrance off the High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7SN. An Active Parks session.     

WEDNESDAY 5TH, 12TH & 19TH OCTOBER       Woodland Wednesdays                 

Highbury Park                                                         10:45am – 1pm                                          

A series of woodland management learning days with the aim of managing the woodland for the benefit of wildlife. Meet at the car park Shutlock Lane, Moseley, B13 8NZ.  An Active Parks session.                                                   

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER                                   Heritage Week, Woodland Walk                     

Holders Woods                                                       11am – 1pm                                                          

An exploration of woodlands old and new.  Starting at Holders Woods, then on to the Queen Mother’s Plantation and the Centenary Woodland at Cannon Hill Park – 3 distinctive wooded areas within half a mile. Meet at Holders Woods car park, Holders Lane, Moseley, B13 8NL.

WEDNESDAY 26TH OCTOBER                               Leafy Land Art                                         

Cannon Hill Park                                                      10:30am – 1pm                                                                             As the leaves turn and fall, the seasons change to bring us a riot of colour, shapes and textures to explore and use to make leafy land art. Will involve walking on muddy ground and collecting natural materials. Bring your devices to snap some shots or film the action of creating a temporary piece of art in the park. Meeting at Cannon Hill Park Tea Rooms, Russell Rd. Moseley, B13 8RD.

The Consultation Continues

posted 13 Sep 2016, 04:38 by Field Friend

Didn't make our event on Saturday?  Well the weather wasn't good, the BBC forecast let us down!  Anyway you can still take part in our consultation in 2 ways:-

* an online consultation has gone live today, you can click on the link below to HAVE YOUR SAY.  We know you're all very busy, but if you could find a few minutes to do this it really will help to develop plans for the pavilion and site - no plans are in place yet, we need YOU to tell us what YOU want and crucially WOULD MAKE USE OF.

We are having a prize draw for people who take part in the online consultation, with prizes of:-

*the CD "Songs of the River Rea" by Katy Bennett, 
*a £10.00 Love Shops voucher, 
*a bottle of wine.  

we will be having another consultation event, probably in November (and indoors!)  watch this space for details.

Here's the link to the consultaiton - please do it, your voice really matters to us.

Consultation and Activity event on 10 September

posted 8 Sep 2016, 15:44 by Field Friend

We're having our first consultation on the future of the pavilion and site - you can meet the architect and give us your views.  There'll also be lots of activities - family fun, Big Birmingham Bikes, Zumba, Tai Chi, Juggling, Rounders, parachute games and a nature walk for children, as well as a raffle.  Do come along, have a lovely afternoon on our fields and don't forget to take part in the consultation.

Active Parks are putting on FREE family activities from 12.30 to 2.30pm on Saturdays by Second Avenue Bridge.

posted 30 Jul 2016, 23:34 by Field Friend

Active Parks are putting on FREE family activities from 12.30 to 2.30 on Saturdays by Second Avenue Bridge.  The main aim is to have fun - maybe with badminton, football, soft archery or a good old fashioned 3 legged race! Children will love it, but you can come along without them!  Do come and join in!

This is a new activity but we thought it would be a good time to remind you of all the activities which take place on our fields which are provided by or with Active Parks and our Parks Ranger Service - most go on all year round.  There's something for everyone here - whatever your level  of fitness you can find something to help enjoy our lovely space, so check them out and take advantage of what's on offer.

The activities are:-





Forest School type activities, ideal for under 5s


Weekly, all year


10.30 – 11.30 am

Meet in the car park off Holders Lane


(Beginners to Intermediate level)  Poles provided


Weekly, all year

Thursdays 9.30 – 10.30 am

Meet at the bottom of Second Avenue


Exercise to music – don’t worry, it’s not too energetic!

Weekly, all year

Saturdays 12.30- 1.30

On the redgras below the car park off Holders Lane


A range of sporting type activities for everyone to join in.  May include football, badminton, soft archery, three legged races – all sorts!

Weekly, until we tell you otherwise

Saturday 12.30 – 2.30

On the grass by Second Avenue bridge


Work around the site to keep it just lovely!


Monthly, all year

First Sunday

2.00 – 4.00 pm

Meet at the noticeboard in the car park off Holders Lane


Join us for conservation activities this Sunday 3rd July

posted 30 Jun 2016, 05:38 by Field Friend

We can't remember the last time the path from the far end of woods, down to the Doctors on Moor Green Lane (Donkey's Hollow to Brockley Grove), was so overgrown!
It's tricky to get down there single file, so with a dog or a pushchair / wheelchair it is becoming an off road challenge!
Therefore, this weekends task is to try and cut back, find and widen the path, before we lose it altogether.
We should have some tools with us, and gloves, but if you have shears you can bring to use, this would be great!
Hopefully see you on Sunday 2-4pm, meeting at the noticeboard in front of the woods.

Join us for conservation activities this Sunday 5th June 2-4pm!

posted 1 Jun 2016, 04:46 by Field Friend

We will be running a monitoring session of birds and butterflies with local park ranger Alf Dimmock.
If you've been watching Springwatch on BBC2 this week, you'll be aware of the 'Do Something Great for Nature' campaign.
This is the perfect chance for you to volunteer and get involved with nature.
We will meet at the noticeboard in the car park off Holder's Lane at 2pm.
If anyone is coming later we will leave a note telling you where to find us.
Children very welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Join us for conservation activities this Sunday 1st May!

posted 29 Apr 2016, 10:45 by Field Friend   [ updated 29 Apr 2016, 10:50 ]

We will be focusing on trimming the path along the riverbank, to stop people breaking branches to get through and a litter pick of the path from the woods up past the entrance to Holders allotments and at low level along riverbank between the education fields at Kitchener entrance along to First Avenue.
We will meet at the noticeboard in the car park off Holder's Lane.
If anyone is coming later we will leave a note telling you where to find us.
Bring gloves if possible, we will also have spares.
Children very welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Join us for conservation activities Sunday 3rd April 2-4pm!

posted 2 Apr 2016, 07:34 by Field Friend

Tomorrow we will be focusing on coppicing a couple of patches along the cycle path and doing some light litter-picking along the river.
We will meet at the noticeboard in the car park off Holder's Lane.
If anyone is coming later we will leave a note telling you where to find us.
Bring gloves if possible, we will also have spares.
Children very welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Hope to see you there!

A Big Thankyou & Well Done!

posted 8 Mar 2016, 04:30 by Field Friend   [ updated 24 Apr 2016, 09:31 by Field Friend ]

Despite it being Mother's day we had a great turnout of 6 volunteers for 'Clean up for the Queen' on Sunday 6th March.
Thanks  and well done to Jo, Carey, Ian, Helen, Graham and Nicki.

12 bags of rubbish were collected from Holder's Woods, Brockley Grove, the car park and hedgerows to name just a few of the places tackled!

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