BRIGHTEN UP BRANDWOOD

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Brandwood is getting Commonwealth 'Games Ready'!

Between May and August 2022 we are running a project to shine a spotlight on all the brilliant places and people who live in the area, brighten up our streets with creativity and wildflower meadows and bring people together at events, workshops and community litter picks.

There are lots of opportunities to be social and ways to get involved. Together we can put our little corner of South Birmingham on the map.

Let's get talking, and let's give the rest of the city something to talk about!

Can you give a little bit of time and get involved?

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

If everyone does a little bit each, just think what a big impact we can create together!

Yarnbomb-tastic Brandwood!

Get involved in the FLOWER POWER craft campaign to turn streets and green spaces in Brandwood neighbourhoods into an outdoor Gallery during the Commonwealth Games (28 July-8 August). 

We’ve teamed up with the team at the Sew Marvellous charity to run flower knitting, crochet and sewing workshops where we will have a good yarn as well as sharing skills. See poster with remaining dates below.

There will also be three family-friendly events where our younger crafters can get involved too. Or, if you can’t make an event you can can craft from home and drop off or post your flowers! Our resource pages below have ‘how to guides’ and patterns to give you inspiration

Help us create 'pit stops' for bees

In collaboration with The Patchwork Meadow charity we have 300 packets of wildflower seeds to give away – YES GIVE AWAY! to residents of Brandwood neighbourhoods to sow in their gardens, tubs and baskets. If you can plant them before mid June they should be in bloom during the Commonwealth Games! But they can also be planted in September and October for blooms next spring.

Since March a small team of volunteers have been out doing some guerrilla gardening – see if you can spot new wildflower blooms on display this summer.

Can you help us reach our 500m sq target for wildflower meadows across Brandwood? 

Art & window display competition

Join us at a one of our family-friendly events to make FLOWER POWER art to display in a street-facing window as part of the Brandwood Gallery during the Commonwealth Games. You’ll be able to create your own flower designs using the traditional Indian artform, Rangoli, working with International  and record-breaking artist Ranbir Kaur at Hub Hazelwell, and we’ll be going yarn-tastic in Dawberry Fields Park and at Colmore School summer fair!

Or decorate your window in flower-themed art you make at home. Whatever you like – just go for it!

Feeling competitive?

We are running a competition for the most WOW FLOWER POWER WINDOW ARTWORK across five different age categories with five £10 vouchers at The Works as prizes.

Individual age categories are: Under 5. 6-12. 13-17 and 18+ or enter as a family or group of people living in the same house! 

Grab a grabber and have a go!

We already have a few litter-picking superhero-residents who help to keep our streets, green spaces and historic gems free from litter and report fly tipping. We need more people to get involved! 

The Friends groups of Brandwood End Cemetery, Dawberry Fields Park and Lifford Reservoir, and Kings Heath and Brandwood Litter Pickers are all organising events to get Brandwood ‘Games Ready!’

Why not join us at one of our Brighten up Brandwood ‘taster’ community clean up days to give it a go? Kit provided. Supervised children welcome. 

Litter picking is strangely addictive and also a fun way to meet people and feel good about doing something for your community when you have a bit of time to spare. 

 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME

There is a brilliant programme of activities and events coming up over the next few months as part of BRIGHTEN UP BRANDWOOD. Events are being organised by different local groups.


Some of the events and activities need signing up for, others you can just turn up to. Please check in the individual event pages. 

The craft workshops require pre-booking in some cases. You can head straight to Eventbrite to book!   Take me to Eventbrite!

Please note, this event programme may be subject to change, because that is what life is like!! So if you want to check something is going ahead (e.g. a litter pick if the weather is bad), please check on the organising group’s Facebook page first for an update). If you don’t use Facebook, please contact Suze on 07726 230798 who will be in contact with all the local organisers. If you book on to a craft workshop or events using Eventbrite, we will be able to alert you of any changes that way.

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A COMMUNITY & TEAM EFFORT!

Big Up Brandwood! Thank you to all the volunteers supporting this project and for doing what you do for our area at other times!

There are friendly people volunteering all over Brandwood and Kings Heath, doing their bit to look after our wonderful green spaces, streets and special historic places, and many more using their skills to make people’s lives a little bit better across the city. Why not come to one of their events or activities this spring and summer and get to know them and what they do. You might enjoy getting involved at other times too. 

Volunteers are sowing wildflower meadows, leading schools craft activities, making up craft resource packs, and sharing their skills at craft workshops and events.

 

Volunteers are sharing their skills at craft workshops and working with the Our Scene team to coordinate the craft campaign and yarn bomb.

Volunteers are running a family-friendly event in the summer for everyone to enjoy in their local neighbourhood park (why not bring a picnic!) and leading litter picks, including family-friendly ones.

Volunteers are running three special community clean up days in Brandwood in the lead up the Games.  If you want to adopt a street to freshen up more often, they can provide free kit and help you get started!

Volunteers are making over 1000 craft packs to give to two schools and groups within the area, and hosting a family yarn flower making activity at their summer fair so we can add more flowers to the yarnbomb.

Volunteers are running a cemetery litter pick over the Jubilee weekend. If you don’t already know about this wonderful gem of a place in Brandwood, then pop along and get to know it while you help them tidy!

Volunteers are stitching wildflower embroidery designs for collaborative artworks to go on display in shop windows around Brandwood during the Games.

They are inviting more volunteers to come to a workshop to stitch a daisy for one of the artworks!

Volunteers will be meeting to do social litter picks around the Lifford Reservoir and Woodland. Pop along to help, and enjoy a chat as you contribute to freshening up this wonderful woodland along the River Rea.

Volunteers from various groups which meet at our wonderful Brandwood community venues will be contributing their time to make flowers for the craft campaign.

More groups are welcome to get involved!

Children and staff from local schools are signed up to each make a few flowers for the yarn bomb artworks outside their schools too!

More schools are welcome to get involved!

We’ve got some of the Brandwood-based local uniformed groups crafting for the yarnbomb too! Including:

 

  • 199st Bede’s Brownies
  • 2nd Highbury Rainbows 
  • 202nd (St Mary Magdalen) Brownies
  • 202nd (St Mary Magdalen) Guides

Some of us have been working to brighten up Brandwood for a few months already!

Made in Brandwood

Our Pallet to Planter project started in late February. What a committed team! We have been reclaiming wood and repurposing it to build planters to give away! It’s been so much fun and we’ve all learnt a few new skills along the way!

A huge thank you to our team of planter builders and to Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network scheme for funding this project.

Adopted in Brandwood

We have been delivering planters all over the area for residents to adopt and grow small wildflower meadows in their front gardens and driveways (‘pit stops’) – so everyone gets to enjoy the blooms – especially the bees!

A huge thank you to all the adopters!

THANK YOU

Our Scene CIC is hugely grateful to Birmingham City Council for a 'Celebrating Communities' grant which fund us to develop and coordinate this project in collaboration with so many local groups and schools. It has also enabled new resources to be bought and shared with groups which will continue to be used to do good within the Brandwood area.

Thank you also to Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme for supporting two of the smaller projects contributing to BRIGHTEN UP BRANDWOOD in 2022 and helping us do more. 

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