One of the main features of our management structure has been the introduction of a Horticultural Development Manager to liaise with the many stakeholder groups, in particular Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF) and other local community groups. Nicola Clarke started in the summer of 2009 and has made a significant impact in ensuring that the service delivered matches the specific needs of local users through regular meetings and consultation. Specific achievements include:

  • close liaison with all the friends of groups
  • successful funding applications on behalf of local community groups
  • winter & summer hanging basket workshops
  • In Bloom garden competition judging for local groups and Birmingham City Council (BCC) Housing and Judge for Heart of England in Bloom
  • tree planting with Birmingham Trees for Life and local communities
  • the writing and compilation of a Green Flag Management Plan for Ward End Park on behalf of Birmingham City Council – resulting in the winning of its first Green Flag in 2010!
  • providing advice and support to BCC and Friends group on the Green Flag Management Plan for Cotteridge Park
  • spearheading and rolling out of Biodiversity Champions projects
  • Working on BCC Conservation Committee
  • Working on Selly Oak Environmental Committee
  • facilitating community work
  • Assisting BCC with its bird survey – see the download document on the right
  • Horticultural training for the Grow It, Eat It, Move It, Live It project.

We have also offered assistance and sponsorship to many community associations, friends groups and local committees, for example Birmingham City Council Housing, BOSF, Birmingham District Allotment Council (BDAC), Moseley in Bloom, Highbury Park Friends, Friends of Cotteridge Park, Friends of Ward End Park and Heart of England in Bloom.