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2013

August Newsletter Welcome to Northfield Ecocentre’s August newsletter. We report back after our busiest and most successful July ever and look forward to new projects such as Urban Harvest, Cycle South Brum and Britain in Bloom. Read on to find out more. All the best,

Summer Family Fun! Family Forest School

Coming up in August Family Forest School

Anne Dasgupta, writes: Our busiest July ever is near its end and what a success it was! During our four Forest School sessions at Masefield Community Garden, we learnt about plants, observed insects in their habitats and created minidens for imaginary or real bugs. We also listened to sounds like an owl would, created our own music instruments and finally learnt to build shelters using solid knots. Taking a snack in our own shelter was voted the best WOW moment of our last session!

Family Wildlife Adventures at Masefield Garden. £3 per child Weds 21st, 2pm - 4pm Thurs 22nd, 10am - 12pm Thurs 29th, 10am - 12pm Sat 31st, 2 - 4pm

Ecokids Holiday Fun Eco craft activities at Northfield Ecocentre, 2-4pm. £1 per child Wed 28 & Fri 30th "Eco-pirates, ahoy!"

Children, come and join us in August for more unforgettable, outdoor experiences with your parents. Our July Nappuccino was well visited on a busy Ecocentre Friday. New and expectant parents were keen to listen to Dan, our enthusiastic volunteer, praise the benefits of using cloth nappies. Dan was accompanied by baby Arthur who proudly displayed his colourful G-nappies with a 100% biodegradable insert. For more information about all types of different reusable nappies as well as practical tips, join us on our forthcoming For more information visit: Nappuccino event in September, date to be confirmed. www.northfieldecocentre.org Please note that there /activities/families will be no August Nappuccino.

Real Nappy Mornings

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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by Wednesday 18 September 2013.

So your support is vital!

Urban Harvest was created in 2011 by two committed individuals in Birmingham determined to reduce the amount of fruit that is wasted each year in back gardens and public spaces where people are unable to pick them. In the first year they picked 5 tonnes of fruit juiced at Pershore College and sold in bottles to local people. In 2012 Northfield Ecocentre helped to continue the project giving fruit to local children's centres and local residents to promote healthy eating.

Urban Harvest 2013 and beyond! We are now working to develop this project to become financially self-sustaininable, extend our reach and increase the number of locally produced products available. For the project to be a success we need a Paid Coordinator. In future years this person will be paid through the income from the previous year.

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£10,000 Fundraising Target How you can help Donate to the project and benefit from workshops on pruning and juicing, fruit trees for your own gardens and invitations to special events and more. We need 2000 people willing to invest £5 (or more!) Volunteers willing to help pick fruit

Businesses Rewards: Pledge £1000 Receive a free team building day Pledge £1500 Receive a fruit orchard at your work

People to share our crowd funding website, where you can donate online: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/urban-harvest Or bring your donation to Northfield Ecocentre as cash or cheque payable to ‘Northfield Ecocentre’.

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from £5 to £1500, suitable for individuals and businesses, including some exciting rewards. Urban Harvest is managed by Northfield Ecocentre working with:

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The sun and rain in 2013 has given us a bumper year for food growing in our gardens, and an increase in the number of bees, butterflies and wildlife, including a resident hedgehog!

Britain in Bloom visits Northfield Ecocentre Gardens

Two judges from RHS Britain In Bloom came to visit both the Ecocentre Garden and Masefield Community Garden on Friday 26th July to judge the gardens for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It's Your Neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The judges, Robin and Ken, were very impressed with both gardens but we will not know how well we have done until 19th September at the presentation ceremony. For more information visit: www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/News/RHS-Britain-in-BloomWe have two gardens in Northfield, where we grow vegetables and run gardening activities and events. Masefield Garden

Garden Wednesdays

Regular Activities

11am - 2pm At Masefield Community Garden

Northfield Ecocentre Garden

To find out more about our gardening activities and events visit: www.northfieldecocentre.org/foodgrowing

Garden Thursdays 10am - 12pm At the Northfield Ecocentre


Launch Success On Thursday 25 July we had a successful launch of Cycle South Brum. The day included the opportunity for visitors to have their bicycles fixed for free by Bike Right WM.

Free: This was followed by a relaxing 45 minute cycle ride from Northfield to Bournville ending at Masefield Community Garden with a BBQ, home grown salad & bread baked in our new wood-fired oven. Thanks everyone for coming!

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For Northfield Ecocentre

The Gruffalo came to town! Kara Moses, Fundraising Co-ordinator, writes;

Our Gruffalo fundraiser was a huge success! Everyone’s favourite monster made a visit to the Ecocentre on a gorgeous sunny day, with over 120 children and parents lucky enough to meet the Gruffalo in ‘person.’ We made masks of the characters from the story, heard the story read aloud and had a meet and greet (and hug!) session with the Gruffalo, who was extremely friendly. We raised a fantastic total of £580 for the Ecocentre and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a fantastic day!

Vote for Us! To win funding from Bournville Village Trust to create 7 community orchards in Bournville! www.openview.bvt.org.uk /vision/ VOTE: Bournville Orchard

Can you hold a fundraising event for us? Could you: ask your children’s school to hold a dress down day? Hold a cake sale for friends? Ask your employer if you can hold a fundraising quiz/cake sale/dress down day? Organise a fun event like bingo, car wash or garden party? We can support you in organising your event and provide you with helpful resources and advice. Download a Supporter’s Pack: www.northfieldecocentre.org/support-us/resources

HELP US DEVELOP OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY www.northfieldecocentre.org/support-us Email: info@northfieldecocentre.org I Call: 0121 448 0119


Northfield Ecocentre August 2013 Newsletter