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Harvest…

The Gardens are blessed with 2 apple and pear orchards and espaliered fruit fences all planted with over 60 heritage varieties dating back to the 1500s.

Like many fruit growers we’ve had a mixed year.

Normally we are able to produce a goodly number of single variety fruit juices for sale to our visitors. A radical pruning of the trees last year combined with the weather, has meant the crop this year is almost non-existent. (don’t worry it’s all to the good,we hope for an even bigger crop next year.

Undaunted, our annual Apple day this year will turn its focus to the urban harvest within our local community and the abundance of crab apples and other apple trees on the public land hereabouts. On 15th October it will be ‘Bring a Bottle’ and ‘juice your own’ – our three donated apple presses will be hard at work all day.

Our large veg plot – in 18th century ‘stylee’ the Batty Langley,usually provides a good crop of Cardoons, Artichokes, Squashes and Rhubarb. This year our younger visitors also planted up a runner bean tunnel …their effort have been rewarded with a great crop.

Earlier in the year visitors also helped us plant some special heritage potato varieties.

Early potato varieties, reputedly planted by local hero Sir Matthew Boulton, were re-introduced in the Garden but we have yet to test the taste of the tiny Yam and Congo varieties..

A good crop of Arran Victory, the potato named to celebrate the end of the 1914-18 war, has also been harvested – so we have plenty of seed potatoes for 2018 commemorations.

Together with Highland Burgundy red and Salad Blue, we’re hoping to produce red, white a blue mash!

Come along to our Harvest day Sunday 15th October 2017, 12.30 -4.30

(dont foget bring your apples, some clean bottles… and hopefully after a little elbow grease on the apple presser you’ll take home your very own juicy drink :_)

More details soon

 

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Growing the conversation

Social Media Surgeries: As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded programme to become a more self sustaining charity, we are getting to know our neighbours a bit better.

The Gardens are, people often say, a ‘hidden gem’  and a ‘secret treasure’. That is one of our strengths; a green , quiet and peaceful lacuna within an intensely industrialised landscape. Being a bit hidden away and surrounded by gates and walls can nevertheless be a bit forbidding to many. We’ve been working hard to let people know we are here and that,  in fact, we quite like having guests sharing the place.

As well as running more activities and events, for adults and children, we are also inviting our community neighbours, local charities, groups and venues to get into conversation with us. After all, it is people that have always made this great Garden charity work.

We have been working with a group called Podnosh to run Social Media Surgeries. No, its nothing to do with a doctors surgery, they’re hassle free and relaxed sessions where ‘active citizens’ can talk to each other and learn from each other about getting their messages out there and growing their networks…using digital and internet-y things.

Our next surgery is Monday 7th November, from 5- 6.30pm, and we have more starting monthly in February. Our slogan is #wegrowtogether , if you are a local group, charity or are involved in a campaign or social cause, come along, learn, share start the conversation – we’d love to hear.

Podnosh were recently interviewed by a group called Ethos – here is Nick Booth explaining eloquently, why social media surgeries work.

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Digital Volunteers wanted at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

We are looking for volunteers who can help us with the digital side of the gardens – helping us promote our regular programme of activities as well as our special events online.

The role of a digital volunteer will include:

  • Creating and scheduling posts for our various social media platforms including; Facebook and Twitter.
  • Assisting in compiling monthly newsletters
  • Compiling and writing copy for the website

We are looking for someone with experience, but depending on your interests, we can tailor the role to you, and work with you to develop your current social media skills.

This will suit volunteers who might have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications
  • Current experience using social media platforms
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Good computer skills
  • Proof reading skills
  • Graphic design knowledge
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Enthusiasm!

Ideally we would be looking for someone willing to develop a long term relationship and is able to commit time each week to help us in this role.

Benefits would include:

  • Access to a great historic garden with a growing event calendar.
  • Experience working with an active charity.
  • Ability to develop skills and learn new ones

If this sounds like something you be interested in fill in our quick form and we’ll be in touch to tell you more.

 

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Social Media Surgery at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Here at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we like sharing what we’re up to on our website, facebook page and other social media. We think it’s a great way to connect with our community – and it could be for you too.

That’s why we are hosting the Castle Bromwich Social Media Surgery.

Our staff, volunteers and local partners are offering free social media help to other local voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs and societies in a relaxed, informal setting.

The next surgery is Monday 7th November 5pm  – if you or someone in your group would like to come along they can register via the Social Media  Surgery website.

You can come along for some support, learn with us and then return for more help, or to give some help to someone else yourself. You can come to as many sessions as you’d like.

Current dates include:

We look forward to seeing you here.

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Play PokemonGo in Castle Bromwich?

Are you an aspiring Pokemon Trainer?

Did you know that in and around the grounds of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we have multiple Pokestops and a Gym for you to visit? Because we have!

Even better, with free Wi-Fi and power sockets in our cafe you can hunt capture and train your Pokemon in comfort while grabbing a snack to keep you going.

You could even come and  enjoy the gardens too, for a small fee.

We’ve even heard a rumour there’s a Polywag or two about, so what are you waiting for?

 

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Download our summer guide today.

The summer holidays are upon us and we have so many things for you to get involved with in the Gardens for big kids and small

From pond dipping to live theatre, outdoor crafts and storytime, there’s something for everyone!

Download our latest what’s on guide today (PDF)

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Find & tag us on Instagram

We love it when you visit, we love it even more when we get to see your photos after the fact so we’ve join Instagram so that we can share with you and see what you have to share with us.

 

You can find us at instagram.com/castlebromichhallgardens

Or share your photos with us by tagging #CastleBromwichHallGardens

Having fun at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens 😆 #castlebromwichhallgardens #jumping #funinthesun

A photo posted by Hannah Nolan (@hannahnolan84) on

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9th & 10th July 2016 The Crescent Theatre Company presents: Around The World In 80 Days

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Date and Time: 9th and 10th July at 3pm
Tickets: £10

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Please bring a garden chair to enjoy this open air performance.

Other dates on their tour:

Crescent Theatre Company Summer Tour 2016 Dates & Venues:
6th & 7th July @ 7pm: Saint Nicolas’ Place, Kings Heath
9th & 10th July @ 3pm: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
12th & 13th July @ 7pm: Selly Manor, Bournville
16th July @ 7pm & 17th July @ 3pm: Harvington Hall, Kidderminster

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A bit of Castle Bromwich Hall Garden History

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Just the other day over on our Facebook Page, North Arden Local History Society left a post for us with this photograph.

This is Peter Clarke, first head gardener at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens in 1985, the year the gardens reopened. The Photograph from the Birmingham Mail…

I wonder. Does anyone remember the gardens back then? Do you have photos you could share with us?

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