March Newsletter

The Garden's Project 

We are really pleased with the progress on site and have been so thrilled with the feedback and positive response from the park users. 
People have been discovering this area of the park over the last year and it has been great to chat to people and share the new views. 
The damaged old fence along Yew Tree Road has been removed and this has opened up a new bank of established planting. We can't wait to see the blue bells in full bloom. 

Historic England have extended their grant by £16,500 to enable the contractor to fully install a top surface along the whole length of the drive from the lodge up to Highbury. This will be a wonderful way to enter Highbury for events and really capture the Heritage of the Estate. We are really thankful for Historic England's continued advise and support on this project. Please note that this route will be used only occasionally and
will be controlled by bollards.
Our aim to make Highbury more accessible has moved on one big leap in the installation of this sweeping ramp, the curves of the new paths lead people beautifully through the woodland and we can't wait to get to work on planting and reseeding the edges and new borders.

Dog walkers are advised to keep their dogs away from the new pathways being created while they're applying a bonding resin to the gravel. The resin is caustic and takes 5 hours to dry after its applied. It could possibly burn dogs' pads. The work should take about two weeks. They will be pushchair, bike and wheelchair friendly once they have had about 2 weeks to fully set so don't get rushing out just yet!

We are really keen to get volunteers back on site as soon as restrictions allow. We will be in touch with a new signing in system which will allow us to accommodate more of the 60+ volunteers now signed up for garden work at Highbury!

See more regular updates on the project on social media and more in depth info on our website
Inside Highbury
Over the last year we have spent a lot of time away from Highbury. However well as the amazing essential restoration works, we have also been gifted 3 new Persian rugs from a local family which will add more depth to the rooms at Highbury.
We were also extremely excited that a settee sold from Chamberlain's Highbury Collection in 1915 has been returned to Highbury, many thanks to Professor Barker who brought the settee to our attention and kindly gifted back to the Highbury Collection. We will be looking at how it gets restored and how we use it in the interpretation of The Chamberlain's family life at Highbury.

We have several plates spinning with research project coming from all sorts of sources. 
Here is a snippet of the latest from Philip Seaton (pictured bellow at Highbury surrounded by Orchids) and Dr Phillada Ballard Trustee.        
Oliver Lines: from glass polisher to distinguished orchidist
Oliver Lines, gold medal winner of the American Orchid Society has a direct connection to Highbury because that is where his career began. Read more on his story here.
Highbury in Photographs
Join our 4 week online guided workshop with local photographer Carolyn Carter to explore improving photographic technique in nature.
Videos and themes will be released on a Facebook group.
Free to join
A collaboration with photographer Carolyn Carter, Highbury Orchard Community and Chamberlain Highbury Trust sees a series of themed 4 week tutorials guide you through how to use your phone or camera to capture nature photos and improve techniques.
The course will take place online through video and guided exploring on a Facebook group, which will encourage exploration of nature and Highbury Park, Moseley, Birmingham.
From the images collected a selection will be printed and exhibited at Chamberlain Highbury Trust's Sustainability Festival later in the summer.
The course can be explored at your leisure and new themes will be released each week.

Keep up with them on  Facebook
Youth Board
We were joined by new youth board members this month, we are really excited to be working with local, positive, dynamic people on building Highbury's future. Look out for more news from this group they have lots of things in the pipeline!
Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to being able to invite you to events at Highbury soon, stay safe and look after each other.
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