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Big Dig in Birmingham – 2016

BigDigLogo_WebLargeThe Big Dig returns to Birmingham this April for the third year running. The event will be on the 16th April and will see gardens across the city throw open their doors and give anybody the chance to get down and get digging to really kick start the growing season. Last year was a great success with over 1,600 people taking part across the UK, 1,207 of which had never been involved with the gardens before!

We’re keen to top that number this year so keep your eyes out for further information on the gardens that will be involved, free seeds giveaways and networking events which will all be advertised on here in the coming weeks and months.

Between now and then head over to The Big Dig website and take a look at some of the photos from last year and get inspired to make this year bigger and better! Alternatively, pop over to our Birmingham map and register your own event here.

The Birmingham Honey Show, 14th and 15th September 2013

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This weekend is the Birmingham Honey Show at Martineau Gardens — 10am to 4pm each day.

And FREE ENTRY!

Organised by Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association

Back for a third year, the Birmingham Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping, you’ll be able to talk to local beekeepers, meet a queen (!), learn about the different types of bees, talk to beekeepers, think about becoming a beekeeper, view observation hives, see the competition entries, make candles from beeswax and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers.

Birmingham’s first Big Dig Day

Saturday March 16th saw the first ‘Big Dig Day’ in Birmingham. Across the weekend, over 30 grow sites, allotments & community gardens opened their doors to all.

Although the weather forecast was non-too hopeful, groups all around the city put this aside, and welcomed new and existing volunteers to many varied and fun events.

Big dig Day, March 2013, Getting the group together at edible eastsideVisiting my first event of the day, I arrived at Edible Eastside, to be met by Jayne & Rob.  Lizzie Bean soon arrived and work began in earnest on the next stages of the earth oven.

Despite the rain, volunteers soon started to arrive, and with a fire lit, and work underway, I took my leave to visit Park Lane Garden Centre in Aston for the second stop of the day.

Park Lane were beginning their work on a new community garden next door, and as well as welcoming volunteers, Julia took time to show Clare Savage and I the plans and setting for the new garden.

Martineau Gardens video: Gardens where people grow

This is a six minute film that features Martineau Gardens and other gardening projects across Birmingham — with contributions from volunteers, visitors and staff. The film gives you an insight into the good stuff that happens in all these places across Birmingham, as well as the wonderful things going on at Martineau Gardens itself.

And if any of the themes covered in the film feel important to you, please consider becoming a member of the Gardens. You can find out more about membership on their website here, or telephone 0121 440 7430.

Martineau Gardens’ Caroline Hutton: Allotments are great fun but no answer to feeding Brum

Caroline Hutton runs Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston:

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