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March Newsletter Welcome to Northfield Ecocentre’s March newsletter. As the seasons change we have lots of gardening workshops and family activities planned in the run up to Easter. Read on to get All the best,

Northfield Community Garden



THE BIG DIG - Saturday 16 March 12 - 4pm, Masefield Community Garden Winter BBQ for volunteers. Clearing land of rubble, weeds and hawthorn to create more growing spaces. Tour of the garden and a chance to sign up to our free workshops.


Big Dig are taking place all around the country during March

Masefield Community e e r F Garden Update Workshops

It’s going to be an exciting few months in our community garden as we look forward to running a whole host of events, workshops and activities alongside our usual workdays. Here are some of the activities we’ve got planned…

Local people transforming unused land in Northfield into an edible paradise.

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Other workshops coming up in April & May also include Plastic Bottle Greenhouse Making, Container Gardening, Forest Gardening & Practical Permaculture.

Booking Essential. Call : 0121 448 0119

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Learn new skills, save money and protect the environment

Nappuccino Wed 13th March, 11am – 12pm Wed 17th April, 11am – 12pm during Real Nappies Week Real Nappies Mornings are back at the Ecocentre. If you are an expectant parent or have a young child Come and learn how real nappies can help you save money and do your bit for the planet. We’ll have a range of nappies to look at. Children are welcome. Call ahead to book. 0121 448 0119

Family Activities - March /April Easter Family Fun Saturday 30 March A day packed full of family fun! Garden Fun - Sat 30 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm Seed planting, paper pot making and Easter activites at Masefield Community Gardens (Lindsey Avenue off Bunbury Road, B31 2LB). Followed by:

Easter Chick Factory Saturday 30 March, 2 -4pm (repeated on Tues 2 April, 2 - 4pm) We’ll be making lovely Easter chicks and then hunt for chocolate eggs in Victoria Commons to fill them up! And we’ll be spotting early birds with the help of a bird spotting dial Booking Essential. 0121 448 0119. £1 donation per child. Adults to accompany.

Family Cycle Rides Starting Saturday 14 April: Northfield to Bournville Circular. Meet at 10.30am at the multi-sport area in Victoria Common in Northfield. 2nd Sunday of each month from April – October 2013. Children and Adults welcome. Book 0121 448 0119. For more information visit our website

The Friends of Victoria Common meet at Northfield Ecocentre regularly throughout the year and aim to help improve the local park and get more people involved in using it. We’ve had lots of succesful events over the years and this year is looking even more exciting. The council have been able to secure funding to improve the parks facilities which means it’s getting: ● A new Picnic Garden on the old bowling green ● A new childrens play area that’s accessible for younger age groups and children with disabilities

Sunday 10th March 2-3pm Come and join us as we make a wildflower bed. Bring any spare wildflower seeds you have.

● Improved signage ● Outdoor gym equipment ● A new changing area ● And much more! We’re all very excited by these improvements and want to build on the work that’s happening so we are aiming to run more events throughout the year.

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Stay warm for less Make energy saving improvements to your home & watch your energy bills fall, through a new government Green Deal programme. Speak to one of our qualified energy advisors and sign up early to benefit.

At the Ecocentre Weekly Groups Gardening: Thurs 10 - 12 noon Sewing & Crafts: Fri 10 - 12 noon

March 2013 Newsletter  

Find out all about the exciting projects we're doing in March